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New York Times Starting CEO Search Without a Search Firm

Did she jump or was she pushed? Either way, Janet Robinson seems to be leaving the CEO spot at the New York Times with great haste: The publisher announced that she’ll be leaving at the end of the month, which is just barely two week’s notice. (Update: She was fired, the Times says, without quite saying that.)

Another indicator that things moved very quickly: While the Times has said it will conduct an internal and external search for a successor, it has not hired a search firm for the job, according to spokesman Robert Christie.

That said, the Times has contracted with executive recruiter Egon Zehnder International to fill a board of directors seat vacated by former Drugstore.com CEO Dawn Lepore in June. People familiar with that search say the company has been looking for candidates with digital expertise — something they’ve also indicated will be important for Robinson’s successor.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik