Time Inc. Appoints Edward Felsenthal to Editor in Chief as Nancy Gibbs Steps Down

He was recently Time's digital editor

Time Inc.

Edward Felsenthal, who has been Time’s digital editor since 2013, has been named editor in chief, effective immediately.

Earlier this week, Nancy Gibbs, the first woman to hold the top position at Time, announced she’d be leaving her position. She’s been with the company 32 years.

Time’s audience has more than doubled since Felsenthal joined 4 years ago. He was named to the additional role of digital director of Time’s news and lifestyle groups in 2016, which covers more than a dozen brands.

“During a complex and intense news cycle, we used all of our muscles and story techniques,” Felsenthal said of recent coverage. “From Charlottesville to the solar eclipse, and our recent ‘Firsts’ series, we’ve shown the range and number of platforms we’re using now.”

More than 9 million people visited Time for its coverage of the eclipse, its single biggest traffic day. Felsenthal says millennials make up nearly 40 percent of Time’s digital audience. The brand has extended its social reach to more than 50 million and has increased its video production to include documentaries for Netflix and PBS.

Multiplatform coverage for events like the eclipse will ramp up “in a big way,” he said.

“There’s something about the combination of the access, authority and global brand recognition plus the influx of new digital talent and technology that actually gives us an advantage in covering this incredible news cycle and moment in culture,” he said.

Felsenthal, who helped launched the The Daily Beast in 2008, becomes the 18th editor of the 94-year-old publication.

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