Walter Isaacson is the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. He has been the Chairman and CEO of CNN and the Managing Editor of “Time”. He is the author of “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life” and of “Kissinger: A Biography”, and is the co-author of “The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made”. His biography of Albert Einstein, “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” was published by Simon & Schuster in April 2007. In 2007, he became a columnist for “TIME” on international affairs.
He began his career in journalism at “The Sunday Times” and then the “New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item”. He joined “Time” in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of new media before becoming the magazine’s fourteenth managing editor in 1996. He became Chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003.