Time Inc. Names Colin Bodell CTO
CEO Joe Ripp bulks up exec team ahead of spinoff.
Time Inc. has hired Colin Bodell to be the companyâ€™s new executive vice president and chief technology officer, a newly created position, effective Feb. 18. The move is CEO Joe Rippâ€™s latest effort to build up his executive team in preparation for Time Inc. spinning off as a publicly-traded corporation.
The 29-year industry veteran was most recently vice president of Amazonâ€™s Digital Store Platform where he spearheaded operations for the Kindle, both the store and device, as well as the technology support for the companyâ€™s digital content across devices.
Bodell, reporting to Ripp, will take responsibility for shaping the companyâ€™s strategic technology plan, playing a major role in the development of digital products.
â€śInvesting in technology and new product development is one of our single biggest priorities,â€ť Ripp says in a statement. â€ś[Bodell] has a reputation for being able to see beyond what currently exists, and that is exactly what we need.â€ť
Bodellâ€™s new position shifts executive priorities for the team resulting in current Time Inc. senior vice president and chief information officer Mitch Klaifâ€™s transition to senior vice president reporting to executive vice president and chief financial officer Jeff Bairstow.
â€śMitch 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,â€ť Ripp says in a staff announcement Tuesday.
Bairstow, hired last August, was Rippâ€™s first major executive team addition.