Rich Battista became president and chief executive officer of Time Inc. in September 2016. Time Inc. is one of the largest media companies in the world. Its influential brands reach more than 150 million people each month across multiple platforms.
Most recently, Battista served as executive vice president, Time Inc. and president, brands, where he was the primary steward of Time Inc.’s US brand portfolio. He joined Time Inc. in April 2015 as executive vice president and president of PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly. In January 2016, he expanded his role, becoming president, entertainment & sports and video.
During Battista’s tenure at the company, he led the launch of its first OTT network, the People/Entertainment Weekly Network, and oversaw the formation of the content and digital ad sales alliance between Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports Digital. He also oversaw the launch of Instant, a mobile video platform featuring “The New Famous,” the People Shop e-commerce website and various television projects.
Prior to joining Time Inc., Battista served as chief executive officer of Mandalay Sports Media. During a period of more than 18 years, Rich held numerous senior management roles at Fox. He also served as chief executive officer of the publicly traded Gemstar-TV Guide International from 2004 to 2008.