TW's Edward Adler stepping down

Longtime executive vp corporate communications

NEW YORK -- Time Warner said Friday that longtime top spokesman and communications expert Edward Adler will leave his post as executive vp corporate communications after a transition period.

"Ed has made an enormous contribution to the evolution of Time Warner over the course of his career, expertly guiding our communications efforts through some of the company's most momentous changes," TW chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said. "Ed's strategic initiatives supported last year's reconfiguration of the company and built our momentum as we move forward focused on Time Warner's great strengths."

Bewkes said he "reluctantly accepted" Adler's decision to look for new opportunities.

"I have spent my entire career at Time Warner and, with the company on very solid footing under Jeff's leadership, I felt this was the right moment to finally make the change I had wanted to make for some time," Adler said.

Adler didn't immediately announce his next move. He told Bewkes of his decision to leave TW on Thursday.

TW didn't name a replacement for the communications veteran and didn't specify how long he will stick around for the transition.

Adler began his career at Time Inc. while still in college, working as a reporter at Time magazine before becoming a programming executive at HBO, a news editor in Time Inc.'s magazine development area and eventually moving into corporate communications in 1997.

There, he moved into ever more senior roles and became a key adviser to TW's top executives over the years due to his deep knowledge of the company, its people and history.

In recent years, he worked with Bewkes to change TW's image and refocus the conglomerate after its much-maligned merger with AOL.