Time Inc. Names New Technology Chief

Ahead of spinoff as public company

Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp continues to fill out his leadership ranks as he prepares to spin off the publishing company from Time Warner later this year into a public entity.

Today, he named Colin Bodell as evp and chief technology officer, a newly created role at Time Inc. Bodell will be charged with identifying and acquiring technology to be used across the company, with IT operations reporting to him. Bodell spent the past eight years at Amazon, where he headed the technology team for the Kindle store.

Ripp also announced that Mitch Klaif, svp and chief information officer, would move into a new role working for CFO Jeff Bairstow, helping Time Inc. transition to an independent company.

Ripp is under pressure to make the company look ship-shape as he prepares to sell it to potential investors ahead of the spinoff. In other recent moves, he replaced the top leadership at its biggest moneymaker People after reorganizing the company to have editors report to the business side. 

Here's the staff announcement from Ripp below:

As we prepare to go public, investing in technology and product development is one of our biggest priorities. To that end, I’m pleased to share the news that Colin Bodell will be joining Time Inc. as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. In this newly-created position, Colin, who spent the past eight years as a senior executive at Amazon, will be responsible for shaping the overall strategic technology direction for the new Time Inc. He will join the company on February 18.

Reporting to me, Colin will be charged with establishing a vision and identifying and acquiring best-in-breed technology that can be leveraged across Time Inc. He will have oversight of day-to-day IT operations and will work closely with our digital and product teams around the company to establish a cohesive strategy and product development roadmap. 

I’d also like to share the news that Mitch Klaif, Time Inc.’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the past seven years, will be taking on a new role within the company. As a Senior Vice President reporting to Jeff Bairstow, Mitch will be charged with managing a number of critical initiatives that are both key to our transition to an independent company and to our ongoing transformation as a leading media organization.

Transformation is something that needs to be done continuously and it will be Mitch’s responsibility to ensure that we remain efficient, effective and flexible as we tackle what’s ahead. He will also use his broad experience and knowledge of Time Inc. to help Colin in his new role.

In Colin, we have found an executive who is not only a technology leader, but who is known for his ability to inspire teams and collaborate effectively on complex issues. At Amazon, Colin headed the technology team for the Kindle store, which also supports Amazon digital content across web, Kindle and third party devices. He originally joined Amazon in 2006 to run the Website Application Platform (WAP) group, which provides the platforms, services and tools that power Amazon’s websites around the world and makes the company’s massive scale possible.

In his 29 year career in technology, Colin has also held senior executive posts at VA Software, Webgain, Intellicorp, and Micro Focus.  It’s worth noting that Colin is a named inventor on four U.S. patents on topics ranging from methods for fabricating products on demand to protecting network sites during adverse network conditions. He currently has ten patents pending with the U.S. Patent Office.