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Martha Nelson
Editor-in-Chief

Martha Nelson became Editor-in-Chief of Time Inc. in January 2013. Ms. Nelson is Time Inc.'s seventh Editor-in-Chief and the first woman to hold the role in the Company's 90-year history. She is responsible for the editorial content of all 21 of Time Inc.'s U.S. magazines and its wealth of digital products, including tablet offerings, websites, video and mobile.

Prior to her current appointment, Ms. Nelson spent two years serving as Editorial Director overseeing the 17 titles and editors in the company's Style & Entertainment Group and Lifestyle Group. In this role, she worked to merge the print and digital editorial teams of her groups and played a key role in developing the company's multi-platform editorial strategy.

She was previously editor for the Style & Entertainment Group, a Group Editor for Time Inc., Editor of the PEOPLE Group and the Founding Editor of InStyle.

A 20-year veteran of Time Inc., Ms. Nelson has earned numerous honors during her tenure, including being named one of the "World's Most Powerful Women" by Forbes magazine for three consecutive years. She was also selected as one of Variety's inaugural "Power Women" in 2009 and named Editor of the Year by Adweek in 2006.

Ms. Nelson first joined Time Inc. in 1993 as an Assistant Managing Editor at PEOPLE, responsible for the human-interest segment of the magazine. She also worked on the launch of Time Inc.'s Who Weekly in Australia. In 1994, Ms. Nelson became the Founding Editor of InStyle – one of the most successful launches ever seen in publishing. Ms. Nelson oversaw innovative brand extensions, international expansion, television specials and a collection of single topic issues, turning InStyle into a global force. Going strong after 18 years, InStyle was named to Advertising Age's "Hot List" for 2012.

Ms. Nelson moved to the helm of PEOPLE, where she was credited with revitalizing the brand at a time of growing competition in the category. She not only evolved the design, but expanded its portfolio of editorial extensions, including PEOPLE.com – the number one celebrity magazine website -- PEOPLE StyleWatch and PEOPLE Country. Under her leadership, the brand was widely recognized for excellence, earning such accolades as Ad Age's "Magazine of the Year," Adweek's "Hot List" and "Brand Blazers," and was nominated for a 2008 National Magazine Award for "General Excellence."

In addition to professional awards, Ms. Nelson has been recognized for her devotion to numerous causes. She has received awards from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Planned Parenthood, the Whitman Walker Clinic, Women in Need and the Women's Media Center. She is the president of the board of the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA), serves on the Board of Directors for The Actors Fund, and is a member of the New York University Board of Advisors at the Center for Publishing.

She began her journalism career as managing editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture & Society and went on to become a staff editor at Ms. Magazine and editor-in-chief of Savvy magazine and Women's Sports & Fitness. She received a B.A. in art history from Barnard College and lives in New York City.