Time Inc. names Rich Battista president and CEO
Mr. Battista is joining the Time Inc. Board of Directors.
Mr. Battista, a 25-year veteran of the entertainment and media industry, has significant experience in launching, building and managing large-scale businesses across various media platforms.
Prior to joining Time Inc. in 2015, he served as CEO of Mandalay Sports Media, where he led the media and content enterprise by creating, acquiring and investing in businesses and assets across the sports media landscape.
Over a period of more than 18 years, he held numerous senior management roles at Fox Television. As CEO of the publicly traded Gemstar-TV Guide International from 2004 to 2008, Mr. Battista was the chief architect of the company’s turnaround, which included the revitalization of TV Guide magazine, TV Guide Network and TV Guide Online, as well as enhancement of its technology-driven businesses.
Mr. Battista began his career as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley.
He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University, where he has served on the Board of Regents and is Founder and Chairman of the Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance, an alumni network of more than 4,500 entertainment and media professionals.
Mr. Battista, who had been Executive Vice President of Time Inc. and President, Brands, succeeds Joe Ripp as CEO.
Mr. Ripp will continue to lead the Board of Directors as Executive Chairman.