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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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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald