Winston Center Collaborations
President, Meredith Publishing Group
A Dialogue on Vocation
Presented in conjunction with the Intersections Program
Monday, March 26, 2007
Fulton Honors Library
Jack Griffin is president of the publishing Group at Meredith Corporation, a NYSE company headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Based in New York City, Jack is responsible for the strategy and operations for the company’s Consume r Magazine, Specialty Publishing and Marketing Communications businesses.
Meredith publishes two of the country’s largest circulation monthly magazines: Better Homes and Gardens (7.6 million circulation) and Ladies’ Home Journal (4.1 million circulation), as well as highly successful mid-sized titles such as MOR E, Traditional Home, Country Home, Midwest Living, and American Baby. Its Specialty Publishing businesses include Meredith Books, which publishes over 350 books each year, as well as Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications, a line of over 150 magazines sold primarily at newsstands. Meredith’s Marketing Communications businesses encompass Meredith Integrated Marketing, its custom publishing operation; Meredith Interactive Marketing (26 web sites including BHG.com and Americanbaby.com ), and Meredith Retail Marketing.
Jack is a leader in the magazine and advertising communities. He is currently chairman of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), a 50,000 member trade association representing media companies, advertising agencies and client companies, based in Wa shington, DC. He is also a director of the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) and is co-chair of the Magazine Publishers’ Liaison Committee with the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC). In 2001, Jack was inducted into the AAF Advertising Hall of A chievement™, the premier recognition for industry professionals age 40 and under. He also received its prestigious Jack Avrett Volunteer Spirit Award™, which recognizes extraordinary industry and community service.
Jack re-joined Meredith in June 2003 as president of Meredith Magazines. He was promoted to his current position in June 2004. He had previously served with Meredith from 1994-1999 in a variety of Des Moines-based positions, including general manager of Meredith Integrated Marketing and vice president of marketing for the Meredith Broadcasting Group which consists of thirteen network-affiliated television stations.
From 1999-2003, Jack was with Parade Publications, Inc. He served as president of the company and Publisher of Parade Magazine. His other positions there included executive vice president and general manager and senior vice president of sales & ma rketing. Under his leadership, Parade experienced a thirty percent increase in PIB advertising revenue and a major expansion of its newspaper distribution footprint. He led Parade’s expansion into new venues including the Internet, radio, and cable television. His other accomplishments at Parade included the creation of a major grass-roots cause-related marketing program – The Great American Bake Sale™ – that raised over $2 million for Share Our Strength™ to combat childhoo d hunger in America. Jack also created and led a two-year industry-wide initiative resulting in a new audience measurement methodology for Parade and other nationally-syndicated newspaper magazines.
Prior to joining Meredith, Jack was with The New York Times Company Magazine Group where he served in a variety of business and sales positions with McCall’s magazine. From 1982-1986 he was with a family-owned publisher of trade newspapers in a variety of news and editorial positions.
Jack earned a BA in philosophy, cum laude, from Boston College, and a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management.
Jack is active in community and volunteer activities. He is a director of Catholic Relief Services, the international humanitarian relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, and is a director and former chairman of Mustard Seed USA. Mustard Seed opera tes orphanages for abandoned and handicapped children in several Caribbean countries, Central America, and Africa. Jack is also a youth hockey coach and hockey player in his hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut, where he lives with his wife, Kathleen, and their two sons. An avid runner, Jack has completed the New York City, Boston, and Chicago marathons as well as several triathlons.