More heads are rolling at what’s left of Time Inc.’s Southern Progress Corp., which recently was folded into a Lifestyle Group under a recent company-wide reorg.
Cooking Light’s Birmingham, Ala.-based marketing function is moving to New York, where many of the title’s clients are based, leading to unspecified layoffs in that department.
Time Inc.’s corporate ad sales and marketing arm, under Stephanie George, also took a whacking. There were cuts in the Detroit sales office, reflecting softness in auto ad spending. Some jobs also were lost as a result of a shakeup of the sales staff to reflect the company’s reorg along business lines of news, style & entertainment, and lifestyle. Some non-sales jobs in the division also were cut.
Executive shuffles and layoff news have become a daily occurrence at Time Inc., which also is slashing some 600 people, or 6 percent of its total headcount of 10,200, as it, like the rest of the publishing industry, struggles to weather the economic storm.
Much of the recent activity has come out of the Lifestyle Group, which just folded shelter book Cottage Living with the November/December issue and let go Chris Allen, longtime publisher of food mag Cooking Light (read this earlier report).
Thirty-six of Cottage Living’s 46 employees will lose their jobs. Among those hanging on are publisher Steve Bohlinger, who was named vp, publisher of Cooking Light, replacing Allen; and editor Lindsay Bierman, who becomes editor of sibling pub Coastal Living, replacing Kay Fuston, who leaves the company.
More layoffs are expected to dribble out in the coming weeks at Time Inc.