Real Simple executive editor Sarah Collins will serve as interim editor as the company searches for Van Ogtrop’s successor.
A company spokeswoman did not expound much on the details of the editor’s departure, aside from offering that she “decided to leave” to “pursue her next chapter.”
“We thank Kristin for her outstanding work and contributions over the years,” the note said. “She has been at the helm of Real Simple for 13 of the brand’s 16 years of existence.”
Ogtrop offered in return: “With the help of an incredibly strong team, I’ve had the great fortune to grow Real Simple into a successful, multiplatform giant. It’s been such a rewarding — and fun — experience. And now I’m excited to take a bit of time and actually put into practice some of the thousands of tips I’ve edited over the years. I look forward to becoming Real Simple’s most enthusiastic consumer.”
Ogtrop’s last day at Real Simple will be Sept. 2. The news follows a rehaul at Time Inc., which includes the elimination of the role of publisher — a bold move that the firm said will help it meet market demands.
Earlier this month, Time Inc. slashed its annual revenue forecast amid continued declines in sales from print advertising and a hefty $35 million charge related to restructuring.
During its quarterly earnings call, chairman and chief executive officer Joe Ripp noted that the new company structure, which includes an overhaul of its editorial, publishing and corporate teams, “enables” the firm to “integrate” across “edit, digital, brand management and native [advertising] solutions.”
Time Inc., which brought in $3.1 billion in revenue in 2015, said it expects 2016 revenue to be between flat to up 1.5 percent higher than a year ago, compared with growth of between 1 and 5 percent it previously forecasted.