Andy Blau Out in Time Inc. Shuffle

Time Inc. CEO Jack Griffin took pains to say the organizational changes he’s made in his first 100 days were layoff-free. But they weren’t entirely bloodless.
 
At the end of his announcement of yesterday’s changes to the News & Sports Group was word that its GM Andy Blau would be leaving the company after 25 years.
 
Griffin didn’t give a reason for Blau’s exit but sources close to Blau said he was fired. Blau hasn’t responded to requests for comment. Griffin’s memo stated, “We thank him for his 25 years of service and wish him well.”

Blau spent most of his Time Inc. career working with the news-related titles. Before starting his current job in 2009, he was president of now-defunct Life and svp of Time Inc. Interactive, where he was part of the launch of Life.com, an effort by Time Inc. and Getty Images to maintain the brand.
 
Earlier, he worked in corporate sales and in executive roles at Time magazine.

Meanwhile, yesterday’s split-up of the News & Sports group had ad buyers wondering if the move was a precursor to ultimately handing Time Inc.’s sports brands (Sports Illustrated and Golf) to corporate sibling Turner Broadcasting. Turner took over ad sales of SI.com and Golf.com earlier this year.

A Time Inc. spokesperson called the notion “purely holiday-party speculation.”
 
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