BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 29, 2009--
The New York Times Company announced today that Christopher M. Mayer,
senior vice president for circulation and operations at The Boston
Globe, has been named publisher of that paper and head of the New
England Media Group. He succeeds P. Steven Ainsley, who is retiring at
the end of the year. Mr. Mayer’s appointment is effective January 1,
As publisher of the Globe and head of the New England Media Group, Mr.
Mayer will be responsible for The Boston Globe; BostonWorks;
GlobeDirect, the Globe’s direct mail subsidiary; the Worcester Telegram
& Gazette; and the related Web sites of both newspapers. Mr. Mayer will
also oversee the Company’s investment in Metro Boston, a free daily
newspaper targeting well-educated young professionals.
The announcement was made by Janet L. Robinson, president and CEO of The
New York Times Company.
“Chris Mayer has an exceptional track record with a broad range of
experience in all aspects of our business,” said Ms. Robinson, president
and CEO of The New York Times Company. “He has been a critical member of
the New England Media Group’s senior leadership team and has a strong
history of tackling complex projects at the Globe and across the Company.
“Chris is ideally suited to this position and brings a strong intellect,
and a proactive and collaborative leadership style. All of this will be
essential as the Globe moves into the future and becomes an even more
effective multiplatform enterprise. He is sure to be an exceptional
publisher and will build on its considerable legacy.
“In his 27 years with The New York Times Company, Steve Ainsley has been
an outstanding leader and has been critical in putting the New England
Media Group on stronger financial footing. He is well respected both
inside and outside the Company, and has made significant contributions
both in New England and during his time with the Company’s Regional
Media Group. Over the past year Steve has shepherded a comprehensive
financial strategy that has significantly strengthened the Globe and
Boston.com and enhanced its ability to provide the New England community
with high-quality news and information. He has been an exceptional
representative for the Globe and for the Company and we have been proud
to call him our colleague. He will be greatly missed.”
Mr. Mayer, 47, joined The Boston Globe in 1984 in the information
services department. He was named senior vice president, circulation and
operations in 2008, overseeing production, advertising operations,
circulation marketing and distribution. Previously Mr. Mayer served as
chief information officer and senior vice president, circulation, among
other positions. He also served as senior vice president of Community
Newsdealers, the former home delivery subsidiary of the Globe.
Mr. Mayer received a B.S. in computer science from Yale University.
Mr. Ainsley, 57, was named publisher of The Boston Globe in September
2006. During his tenure the Globe has won two Pulitzer Prizes. Mr.
Ainsley became president and chief operating officer of The New York
Times Company Regional Media Group in 2003. Previously, he was senior
vice president of the Regional Newspaper Group since 1999. Mr. Ainsley
had been a publisher at various New York Times Company-owned newspapers
since 1982. He was publisher of The Santa Barbara News-Press, in Santa
Barbara, Calif., from 1993 to 1999. Before that he served as publisher
of New York Times Company-owned newspapers in Alabama, Florida and Maine.
Mr. Ainsley has been a director of the New England Press Association and
the Alabama Press Association and has served as a director of the
Southern Newspaper Publishers Association since 2004. He has also served
as a director and officer of numerous local civic and charitable
organizations in the communities in which he has lived.
Mr. Ainsley received a B.A. degree from New York University in 1976. He
graduated from the Emory University Advanced Management Program in 1986.
The New York Times Company, a leading media company with 2008 revenues
of $2.9 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald
Tribune, The Boston Globe, 15 other daily newspapers and more than 50
Web sites, including NYTimes.com, Boston.com and About.com. The
Company’s core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and
distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment.
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