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.