Janet Robinson, CEO of the New York Times Company, devotes her talk to "reinvention, in life and in business." She discusses what she is learning "as we transform the New York Times Company, a venerable print enterprise, into a successful and vibrant 21st-century media organization."
These lessons "will offer you some insight with how to deal with demands of the future," she tells her audience, because "you will be involved in organizations that will have to learn how to adapt in tumultuous eras, whether you work for a big international corporation, the federal government, a small arts organization, or the local PTA."
Robinson's lecture was presented by the Carroll School of Management's Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics, as part of the Clough Colloquium Series, which features speakers "who have made important contributions as ethical leaders in their fields"- Boston College
Cutberto Garza joined Boston College in 2005 after having served as vice-provost at Cornell University. At Boston College, Dr. Garza is responsible for the implementation of the academic components of a strategic assessment and planning initiative that was completed in 2006, after almost two years of discussion among some 200 administrators, faculty, staff and students.
While at Cornell, Dr. Garza also served as director of the Food and Nutrition Program of the United Nations University, a think-tank and community of scholars that serves as a bridge between the UN and the international academic community. In this capacity, he helped assemble a multi-regional network to enhance food and nutrition efforts in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
He also maintained his research program and chaired a number of domestic and international committees and study groups that addressed key issues in health and nutrition, including a complex multi-country study on infant and young child growth sponsored by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and other organizations. As chair of the project's steering committee, he was one of the two principal architects of a complex undertaking involving hundreds of professionals in six countries to develop new international growth standards that are expected to be adopted by more than 100 countries.
Dr. Garza has received numerous awards and honors, including membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science and the Feinstein World Hunger Prize for Education and Research from Brown University, and has held several domestic and international appointments and consultantships. He was named to the inaugural class of the National Associates of the National Academies of Science and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Nutrition, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society, among other organizations.
A 1969 graduate of Baylor University with a BS in chemistry, Dr. Garza received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine in 1973 and a PhD in nutrition and food science from MIT in 1976.
Janet L. Robinson became president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company on December 27, 2004. As C.E.O., Ms. Robinson has primary responsibility for overseeing and coordinating all of the Company's operations and business units and for working closely with the chairman to chart the future direction of the Company. Previously, she had served as chief operating officer and executive vice president since February 2004.
From February 2001 until January 2004, she served as senior vice president, newspaper operations for The New York Times Company. In this role, she led the operations of all of the Company’s newspaper properties, which include The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune and the regional newspapers. She also held the position of president and general manager of The New York Times newspaper from 1996 until 2004. Ms. Robinson was elected a director of the Company in December 2004.
During her tenure, Ms. Robinson has directed the acceleration of advertising and circulation revenue growth at all properties and the improvement in profit margins through expense controls, operating efficiencies and pricing initiatives. She has overseen the completion of The Times’s conversion to color and section expansion, the creation and implementation of the national expansion of the newspaper and its entry into television programming and distribution.
Prior to joining the newspaper, Ms. Robinson served as group senior vice president for the advertising sales and marketing unit of The New York Times Company Women’s Magazine Group (which has since been sold) from January 1992, and vice president of the group since September 1990. From June 1983 until August 1990, she held several sales management positions with Golf Digest and Tennis Magazine that were formerly owned by The New York Times Company.
Before joining the Times Company in June 1983, Ms. Robinson was a public school teacher in Newport, Rhode Island, and Somerset, Massachusetts.
Ms. Robinson received a B.A. degree in English from Salve Regina College, Newport, RI, where she graduated cum laude in 1972. She was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Business Administration degree from Salve Regina University in May 1998. In 1996, she completed the Executive Education Program at Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H.