'Times' PR Queen Catherine Mathis Promoted, Will Now Take Over World

Guess what? New York Times flack Catherine Mathis was totally promoted today! According to a Times press release, the company has made Mathis a senior vice president of corporate communications; she was a lowly old vice president just yesterday! "Catherine is the consummate communications professional. She has a deep understanding of our business and, under her leadership, we have taken a smart, strategic approach to media and investor relations," NYTCo chair Janet Robinson says in the release. We can't really argue with that, seeing as how the release also announces a promotion for the paper's general counsel, but just breezes through his CV. Now that's owning the story.

Mathis (who is good at her job) "will continue to be responsible for investor relations, media relations, public relations, community relations, crisis communications, corporate speechwriting, employee communications and the Company's Internet and Intranet sites." She's also won some big-time awards! If you'd like to know more, you can ring up the contact listed on the release—Catherine Mathis!

The New York Times Company Names Catherine J. Mathis Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Kenneth A. Richieri Senior Vice President and General Counsel

NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Dec. 13, 2007—The New York Times Company announced today that Catherine J. Mathis, vice president, corporate communications has been promoted to senior vice president, corporate communications and Kenneth A. Richieri, vice president and general counsel, has been promoted to senior vice president and general counsel. Both promotions are effective immediately. Ms. Mathis will continue to report to James Follo, senior vice president and chief financial officer, and Mr. Richieri will continue to report to Janet L. Robinson, president and CEO, of the Times Company.

In making the announcement, Ms. Robinson said, "These appointments reflect the depth of experience and numerous contributions Catherine and Ken have made to our business during their respective tenures."

"Catherine is the consummate communications professional. She has a deep understanding of our business and, under her leadership, we have taken a smart, strategic approach to media and investor relations.

"Ken's breadth of knowledge has served us well for the past 24 years, and his expertise is invaluable to us as the Company continues to execute complex business strategies."

Ms. Mathis will continue to be responsible for investor relations, media relations, public relations, community relations, crisis communications, corporate speechwriting, employee communications and the Company's Internet and Intranet sites. She joined the Company in 1997 as director of investor relations. In 2006 Ms. Mathis was named Communicator of the Year by the New York chapter of International Association of Business Communicators. The award is the chapter's highest award, recognizing integrity and excellence in everyday communications or in response to specific crises or challenges.

From 1992 until 1997, Ms. Mathis was vice president of corporate relations at the Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. Previously she held various management positions at International Paper Company. Ms. Mathis graduated with a B.S. degree in business administration and an M.B.A. degree in marketing and management information systems from the University of Minnesota.

Ms. Mathis serves on the Board of the National Investor Relations Institute and is president of the Investor Relations Association.

Mr. Richieri became general counsel of The New York Times Company in January 2006. He served as deputy general counsel from 2001 until 2005, and was promoted to vice president in 2002. He served as assistant general counsel for The New York Times Company since January 1993, handling electronic publishing, intellectual property and business issues. Previously, he was senior counsel since 1989. Mr. Richieri joined The New York Times Company in 1983 as legal counsel.

Before joining the Times Company, Mr. Richieri was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel from 1976 through 1982. Mr. Richieri received an A.B. degree in political science from Brown University in 1973 and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude.

Photos of Ms. Mathis and Mr. Richieri are available at: http://www.nytco.com/press/press_photos.html.

CONTACT: For The New York Times Company
Catherine Mathis, 212-556-1981
mathis@nytimes.com
or
Abbe Serphos, 212-556-4425
serphos@nytimes.com