BBC’s Mark Thompson named New York Times Co. CEO

Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson, 55, the BBC’s outgoing director general, will join the New York Times Co. as chief executive officer in November.

He says in a statement:

The New York Times is one of the world’s greatest news providers and a media brand of immense future potential both in the U.S. and around the world. It is a real privilege to be asked to join the Times Company as it embarks on the next chapter in its history.

Times Co. chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. says:

Mark is a gifted executive with strong credentials whose leadership at the BBC helped it to extend its trusted brand identity into new digital products and services. Our board concluded that Mark’s experience and his accomplishments at the BBC made him the ideal candidate to lead the Times Company at this moment in time when we are highly focused on growing our business through digital and global expansion.

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