It appears a succession plan is in place at The New York Times.
The paper has promoted Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, the 36-year-old son of publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., to deputy publisher. According to The Times, should A.G. Sulzberger ascend to the position of his father’s role of publisher, he would represent the fifth generation of his family to serve as publisher since Adolph S. Ochs bought the paper in 1896.
In his new gig, Sulzberger will report to his father and work closely with other company leaders, including president and chief executive officer Mark Thompson, executive editor Dean Baquet and editorial page editor James Bennet on “all facets of the business and news operations,” according to The Times. His appointment is effective Nov. 1.
The Times said the promotion comes at the recommendation of a selection committee whose members included representatives of The Times company’s senior management, board of directors and the Ochs-Sulzberger Family Trust. It was approved by the company’s board on Tuesday.
Before ascending to deputy publisher, Sulzberger held the role of associate editor for strategy, and was responsible for leading a team that focused on The Times newsroom’s digital transformation. He played a central role in the creation of The Times’ strategy document, dubbed “Our Path Forward.”
In 2014, Sulzberger was the leader of the task force that reported and wrote the “Innovation Report,” which has served as a blueprint for change in the newsroom.
The Times said Sulzberger has “been a driving force in implementing the recommendations of the report and in finding ways for the newsroom to better collaborate more broadly with groups across the company.”
Sulzberger joined the family’s company in 2009 and has worked as a reporter and editor on the metro desk. He spent two years as a national correspondent, as head of the Kansas City bureau. Previously, he was a reporter at The Providence Journal and The Oregonian.