Time Inc. Hires Digital Chief

Time Inc. hired former Nokia Corp. executive George Linardos as the new head of digital marketing at the magazine-publishing unit, the company said Tuesday, a move that is likely to affirm the magazine company’s conservative approach to distributing titles like Time, People and Sports Illustrated on tablet computers.

Previously a vice president in the mobile-phone maker’s media division, Mr. Linardos will be responsible for increasing sales of Time Inc.’s digital products at a critical time. Magazine publishers are grappling with how to serve the small but fast-growing audience tablet audience while hanging onto more lucrative print readers.

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