Time Announces Four Promotions, Two Hires

Time has announced four promotions and two hires. Highlights are below, followed by the memo from Nancy Gibbs and Edward Felsenthal.

  • D.W. Pine has been promoted to creative director. Pine has been with Time since 1998, most recently serving as design director.
  • Kira Pollack has been upped to director of photography and visual enterprise. She was most recently director of photography. Pollack has been with Time since 2009.
  • Paul Moakley has been promoted to deputy director of photography and visual enterprise. He most recently served as deputy photo editor.
  • Chrissy Dunleavy has been promoted to design director. She most recently served as deputy art director.
  • Lothar Krause joins Time as newsroom developer. Lothar comes to the magazine from The Daily Beast, where he worked for the last three years as a web developer.
  • Olivier Laurent comes to Time as LightBox Editor.  He most recently served as an editor and reporter at the British Journal of Photography since 2007.

FROM Nancy Gibbs & Edward Felsenthal

TO: All TIME Edit Staff

Seldom has TIME’s visual power, creative talent, enterprise and access come together more effectively than with our latest special multi-platform project on One World Trade Center. Among other things it helped drive our all-time highest traffic week online — traffic is up more than 118% year over year according to comScore–  as well as our first-ever expanded panoramic cover. So this seems an ideal time to celebrate some well-deserved promotions and the arrival of new colleagues in our art and photo departments.

D.W. Pine becomes Creative Director, responsible for TIME’s design across all platforms. D.W.’s superb graphic sense and sharp journalistic instincts have defined TIME’s visual presentation for years, and were recognized last year with ASME’s National Magazine Award for Design. He has been the driving force behind TIME’s expansion on every platform, from designing TIME books to creating TIME’s iPad app in total secrecy so that TIME would be among the first brands to launch in 2010. He is continually attracting new artists into the TIME fold, whether to produce great cover art like the Person of the Year painting of Pope Francis, or the memorable illustrations inside. A former sports writer and design director at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, D.W. came to TIME in 1998 and never looked back; the man just bleeds Pantone 485C. Perhaps most remarkable, D.W. is equally as strong as both soloist and conductor. As great as his covers are, he has had at least as much impact on the look and the personality of TIME in his role as conductor. Known throughout the design industry, he scouts promising young talent and doesn’t hesitate to give them ownership of big projects that will challenge and stretch them — mentoring them but also delighting in how they will find different approaches than he might have taken. He is deeply invested in his whole team’s success – and is the best partner that the edit and photo could possibly hope to have.

No one knows that better than Kira Pollack, who becomes Director of Photography and Visual Enterprise. Since joining our staff in October 2009, Kira has revolutionized the role of photography at TIME and exponentially increased its footprint. Her fresh, forward-looking vision infuses everything we do, from the magazine’s featured photography to our most trafficked online images to our photographic presence on social media. A veteran of the New York Times Magazine, Kira came to TIME as Director of Photography with the mission of integrating our print and digital efforts. In 2011, she launched our critically acclaimed photo blog LightBox and conceived and led our monumental, multi-platform Beyond 9/11 project (resulting in multiple honors including an Emmy). In 2012, she supervised the addition of LIFE.com to the TIME family; in 2013, she launched our premium documentary unit Red Border Films, debuting with a moving series on Martin Luther King.   The honors won by the photo department under her tenure include 38 awards from the Society of Publication Designers, five National Magazine Award nominations, the World Press Photo of the Year award (for Aisha) and the Visa Pour l’image award (for Yuri Kozyrev’s pictures of the Arab Spring).  Kira is a passionate journalist, a consummate storyteller, and a champion of intelligent innovation.

Both D.W. and Kira lead exceptional teams, so we are pleased to promote in their ranks as well.

Paul Moakley becomes Deputy Director of Photography and Visual Enterprise.  Since joining TIME in November 2009, Paul has played a key role in developing our photographic vision across all platforms. As a founding editor of LightBox in March 2011, he has been instrumental in establishing and evolving its distinctive voice and building it into a vibrant destination. As a photo editor, Paul’s impeccable taste is evident in his role overseeing TIME’s national coverage and bringing new photographic voices to our political landscape. This year, he published a provocative photo essay on domestic violence and created a magnificent video on Edie Windsor, which was one of the most watched and shared videos of the year. He demonstrates tremendous visual range, working with photojournalists, portraitists, fine artists and filmmakers; he is also a thoughtful, perceptive journalist who during his tenure at TIME has interviewed Dick Cheney for our Beyond 9/11 project and  tracked down the 33 men trapped in a Chilean mine. Already a trusted leader and a mentor in the photo department, Paul in his new role will play a more critical role in managing and integrating the staff while executing the most innovative projects at TIME. Paul’s passion for photography, video and new forms of visual storytelling will help evolve our visual signature across all platforms.

D.W., meanwhile, is just as lucky in his growing team, starting with Chrissy Dunleavy, who becomes Design Director.  Chrissy has basically served in this role for the past year, where her boundless energy, unsurpassed creativity and exceptional organizational skills strengthen TIME each week. Now in her 13th year here, Chrissy has deftly handled more than 100 cover packages, a half-dozen Person of the Year issues (including this year’s Pope Francis) and countless special projects, evident in this year’s Bitter Pill, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela issues. Her talents also extend into the TIME cover process, designing the covers for Bitter Pill, How China Sees the World featuring Ai Weiwei’s artwork and the recent Seth Meyers issue this past year. Chrissy’s not only a delight to work with, she can always be counted on for up-to-the-minute intelligence on current events, celebrity gossip and is one of TIME’s best headline writers. A native of Atlantic City, Chrissy graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and has won more than 100 design awards from SPD, SND and the Society of Illustrators, among others. Prior to TIME, she was the Art Director of the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine and served a stint as the magazine’s Managing Editor.

Lothar Krause joins us as Newsroom Developer. In this role, he will contribute to a wide range of editorial projects, from interactive front-end development to database setup. Lothar comes to us from The Daily Beast, where he worked for the last 3 1/2 years as a web developer. Before that, he spent 10 years on Wall Street as a software architect for large banks such as Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. He also co-founded a successful equity research authoring software company. Lothar holds an engineering degree in Computer Sciences from Beuth University in Berlin.

Olivier Laurent joins us as LightBox Editor.  He has been an editor and reporter at the British Journal of Photography since 2007, where he has become one of the most respected voices on photojournalism and the visual innovations that are shaping photography. In his tenure at BJP, Laurent was charged with developing the magazine’s news and online activities, led a redesign effort to bring more daily news online and managed all social media. In December, he launched FLTR, an iPhone app, which is the first weekly magazine about smart phone photography.  In his new role, he will work on expanding our audience through visual means, help oversee our photographic social-media strategy and continue to report on and publish the excellent, influential photography that is TIME’s trademark.

Congratulations to all.

N.G. & E.F.