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THE WRITING ON THE WALL: Was Time deputy managing editor Adi Ignatius a victim of the latest reorganization at Time Inc.? To some extent perhaps, but he’s clearly landed firmly on his feet. Ignatius has departed the magazine after a 13-year-run to join the Harvard Business Review as editor in chief. Though his departure wasn’t mandated, the newsweekly, among other Time Inc. magazines, is under pressure to find efficiencies where possible, especially among those high-priced top editor positions. His exit means Time’s managing editor Richard Stengel now has two lieutenants at his side rather than three: Josh Tyrangiel, who is now assistant managing editor and editor of Time.com, and Romesh Ratnesar, deputy managing editor, who manages the magazine’s day-to-day operations.
Staffers at Time found out Ignatius had left the magazine when they arrived Monday morning and found his office cleared out. But an internal memo from Stengel detailing his departure wasn’t sent until 4 p.m. that day. “Adi has been a wonderful presence at Time, not only because of his sharp story sense, his encyclopedic knowledge that spanned everything from international affairs to popular culture, but because of his decentness and good humor,” he wrote. Most recently, Ignatius oversaw Time’s special issues and projects including its Person of the Year issue, the Time 100 and Time’s book spin-offs. He had also been editor of Time Asia, and an executive editor heading up business and international coverage during his tenure. At the Harvard Business Review, he replaces another Time veteran, Tom Stewart, 60, who resigned last June. — S.D.S.