Don Logan is president and chief executive officer of Time Inc., a member of the Time Warner organization and one of the largest book and magazine publishers in the world. Prior to joining Time Inc., he was chairman and chief executive officer of Southern Progress Corporation, the largest regional magazine and book publisher in the United States.
As a corporate executive, Logan views it as his personal and professional responsibility to give back in ways that improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities, as well as to guide, encourage, support, and fund his employees to do the same. For example, during his tenure at the helm of Southern Progress in Birmingham, Alabama, Logan was one of six local CEOs who raised money to fund the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. He also participated in the community’s adopt-a-school program, personally visiting local schools to discuss the major influences in his life, teach about the world of publishing, and promote literacy and the joy of reading.
Since assuming the helm at Time Inc., Logan has continued to focus on child literacy instituting two remarkably effective children’s reading programs. Time Inc.’s TIME for Kids, a condensed version of TIME magazine for fourth through sixth graders, is expected to reach a readership of one million this fall. TIME to Read, an early literacy program, directs children toward current events reading.
In addition to streamlining Time Inc.’s decision-making and information-gathering processes to give individuals more authority, responsibility, and confidence, Logan has also moved the corporation and its employees toward expanded volunteerism. In fact, employee volunteerism has increased greatly as a result of the Andrew Heiskell Community Service Awards that assist employees in their community service activities. The outreach efforts of the Time Inc., family are highlighted each year in Time Warner’s Social Responsibility Report which outlines programs that fuel the creativity of underprivileged children, support diversity and minority-owned business development, provide alternative to at-risk inner city youth, and teach basic job skills to homeless youth worldwide.
Logan is a member of the board of directors of the Magazine Publishers of America; board of trustees of the National Book Foundation; International Board of Advisors for the Auburn University School of Human Sciences; and the board of the Alabama Independent Colleges and Universities. He also serves on the presidents’ advisory councils for Clemson University and the University of Alabama in Birmingham and is a member of the Samford University board of trustees.
Don Logan retired as chairman of the Media and Communications Group at Time Warner in 2005. After moving back to Alabama, he, his wife, Sandy, and sons, Jeff and Stan, became owners of the Birmingham Barons minor league baseball team and Seek Publishing. The family later acquired B.A.S.S., LLC, the membership organization of bass anglers. In 2011, Logan was honored by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as the Distinguished American Sportsman. He has also been honored by the Auburn Alumni Association with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Auburn’s College of Sciences and Mathematics as a Distinguished Alumnus.