Publisher Chris Allen Out at Time Inc.’s Cooking Light

Another longtime Time Inc. publisher is leaving the building. Chris Allen, who presided over the steady rise of Cooking Light, is parting ways after 17 years at the healthy lifestyle title and 26 in all at the parent company and subsidiary Southern Progress Corp.

Allen, whose title was senior vp, publisher, is the latest high-ranking executive to exit Time Inc. in recent weeks since the company announced a broad reorganization of its 24 U.S. magazines and layoffs of around 600 in the face of the economic downturn.

Sylvia Auton, who was recently named to head a new group comprising the company’s lifestyle titles, said Nov. 18 in an internal announcement that Allen’s parting was his decision.
Cooking Light, circ 1.8 million, has soared in circulation and page growth since launching 20 years ago. Along the way, it’s spawned an array of brand extensions including books, cruises and supper clubs.
Cooking Light hit the brakes this year, falling to the No. 2 spot behind Food & Wine from No. 1 in 2007 as spiking commodities prices led to cuts in food ad spending. Through November, pages declined 20.7 percent to 1,145 versus a 13.4 percent falloff for the category overall.