Tribune Names Eddy Hartenstein As Pres./CEO
May 6, 2011 at 9:20 AM (PT)
TRIBUNE COMPANY's board of directors has appointed EDDY HARTENSTEIN as Pres./CEO, effective immediately. He will be responsible for overseeing all of the company’s operations. HARTENSTEIN has served as Co-President of the company and a member of its Executive Council since last OCTOBER.
"The board feels strongly that it is in TRIBUNE's best interests to have one person providing strategic vision and day-to-day direction for the company and its employees as we prepare to emerge from the Chapter 11 process," said Chairman SAM ZELL. "EDDY is a gifted executive -- he knows our operations, understands how technology is changing the media industry, and can help the company capitalize on those changes to continue achieving meaningful financial results."
HARTENSTEIN will continue to serve as Publisher/CEO of LOS ANGELES TIMES COMMUNICATIONS, LLC, a position he has held since AUGUST, 2008. He will be assisted in these tasks by KATHY THOMSON, appointed today to the newly created position of Pres./COO of THE TIMES.
"TRIBUNE's unique mix of broadcasting, publishing and digital assets, along with its forward-looking technology group, positions the company well for success," said HARTENSTEIN. "I’m also being given the honor of overseeing tremendously talented, experienced employees who, along with our assets and the high quality of our news-gathering organizations, give us important competitive advantages in the media industry."