Morning Coffee Mar 21 2012

New York Times Takes Executive Search Outside

By damian ghigliotty

Calling all media executives.

The New York Times Company has started to look beyond its own walls to find Janet Robinson's successor as the media company's new chief executive, Bloomberg reported.

The executive recruiting firm Spencer Stuart is helping lead the search.

Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the company's chairman and publisher of The New York Times newspaper and website, has been serving as interim chief executive.

Robinson left the New York Times Co. in December 2011. She was 61 at the time of her departure, receiving $24 million in total compensation.

Leading internal candidates include Denise Warren, the company's chief advertising officer, and Scott Heekin-Canedy, president and general manager for the New York Times Media Group, which runs the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times newspapers, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. (Bloomberg)

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