Data scientist JT Kostman developed and drove an analytics group at Samsung. Then he led data scientists and analysts at Keurig Green Mountain -- the single-serve coffee specialist. Next up, he's set to become Chief Data Officer at Time Inc., effective May 18. The big question: Can Kostman harness the company's data assets for new revenue opportunities?

Like many media companies, Time Inc. is in transition. For its Q4 2014, Time's revenue was $895 million -- down 7 percent from $966 million in Q4 2013. While print advertising, circulation and newsstand revenue all continue to get squeezed, Time Inc.'s digital revenues are climbing -- reaching nearly $300 million for the year.

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