Kurt Rao to join Time Inc. as Sr. Vice President Tech. Operations, two executives to exit
Company also announces that Chief Technology Officer Colin Bodell and Chief Data Officer Dr. JT Kostman will be leaving the company
NEW YORK, NY – May 9, 2016 — Time Inc. today named Kurt Rao to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Technology Operations. Rao, former VP and Corporate CIO of Time Warner Inc., will be responsible for leading the company’s technology operations and infrastructure to continue to support Time Inc.’s digital strategy and technology platforms. Jen Wong, Time Inc. President of Digital, will assume oversight of product development and engineering. Both appointments are effective immediately. Time Inc. Chief Technology Officer Colin Bodell will be leaving the company.
The company also announced that as part of Time Inc.’s focus on leveraging the combined media and data assets of its newly acquired Viant subsidiary, Dr. JT Kostman will also be leaving the company.
Chairman and CEO Joe Ripp said, “Kurt has a proven record of providing vision and implementing strategic technology solutions for complex organizations. At the same time, moving product development and engineering under Jen’s oversight will expedite the advancement of our digital assets. I want to thank both Colin and JT for the contributions they have made that have enabled us to arrive at this point.”
Wong will continue to report to Ripp. Rao will report to EVP and CFO Jeff Bairstow.
Rao has extensive experience working at large media companies on software development and managing infrastructure operations that support critical business functions. He was VP and Corporate CIO of Time Warner Inc. since 2007, having previously served as Vice President of Technology at NBC Universal. He has also worked at Vivendi, IAC Interactive and MTV Networks. Rao began his career at Viacom.
Wong has been driving Time Inc.’s digital transformation and helping to realize the promise of its powerful media brands. She joined the company in January in the new role of President of Digital and oversees the company’s digital and interactive strategies and operations. Each month Time Inc. reaches more than 150 million unique visitors via digital devices on a global scale. Before joining Time Inc., she led PopSugar Inc.’s business operations, engineering and growth strategy for media and commerce. Wong previously held several executive management positions at AOL, where she oversaw global business operations, and AOL Huffington Post Media Group’s lifestyle portfolio of brands. She also worked at McKinsey in the consultancy firm’s telecom, media and technology practices.