Daniel Brewster Jr., credited with jumpstarting the once barely profitable American Express Publishing division of Time Life, jumped ship two weeks ago to head the Bertlesmann magazine branch Guner + Jahr USA.
Time Life has just plugged the gap, tapping Travel + Leisure group senior veep and publisher Ed Kelly on Monday to be American Express Publishing’s new CEO.
The Travel + Leisure group includes two of the marquee books in the American Express line, Travel & Leisure and T&L Golf. Both magazines showed growth in the last year, with T&L Golf boasting a 45% hike in revenues for January-April over the same period last year.
Kelly has been with Time Inc. since 1978 and joined American Express Publishing as regional ad director in 1989. American Express also publishes such titles as Food & Wine and SkyGuide.