NEW YORK: Time Inc's EVP, Sylvia Auton, is leaving her role after four years to return to her former position as CEO of UK-based sister magazine company IPC Media, a job currently held by Evelyn Webster.
Webster, in turn, will move from London to take over from Auton as EVP of Time Inc's Lifestyle Division reporting to CEO Jack Griffin. Both Webster and Auton will start their respective new roles on 1 January 2011.
The surprising job switch between the two Time Warner companies comes days after Time Inc announced Griffin would be replacing Ann Moore as CEO in September. Griffin joins Time from Meredith Corporation where he was president of its National Media Group.
Webster's move to the US follows almost two decades at IPC where she rose through the ranks from graduate trainee to become CEO in December 2008. She said in a release: “My 18 years at IPC have been a privilege, especially the last 20 months as CEO when I have been able to lead such a strong team during our transformation into a truly multi-platform company. I know IPC has a great future, and in Sylvia I couldn't be handing it back to a better leader."