Tim O’Shaughnessy appointed CEO of Graham Holdings Co.
The company, formed after the sale of The Washington Post to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, still owns Kaplan, Slate and a small portfolio of local TV stations
Those in publishing don’t talk much about Donald Graham anymore now that Jeff Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post. But Graham is still around, as it the remnants of the media company once under his control. Graham Holdings Company may not own a newspaper, but it still is the owner of Kaplan, the for-profit educational services company, as well as broadcast holdings in Detroit, Houston and elsewhere. Graham Holdings Company is also the owner of Slate.
So, there is still a company to be managed, and today that company announced that Tim O’Shaughnessy, already president of Graham Holdings Company, will add the CEO title to his resume, effective immediately. The reason probably has to do with the fact that Donald Graham is now 70 (though he will remain chairman of the board).
O’Shaughnessy is the founder and former CEO of LivingSocial, but more importantly he is his son-in-law.
Here is the announcement:
ARLINGTON, Va.– November 12, 2015 — Graham Holdings Company announced today that Timothy O’Shaughnessy will become president and chief executive officer effective immediately. He succeeds, Donald E. Graham, who has been chairman and chief executive officer since 1991. Mr. Graham, 70, will remain chairman of the Board of Directors.
“Tim O’Shaughnessy will be an outstanding CEO. He has good ideas and he can execute. With the help of a remarkable board, the Company is poised to take advantage of an unusual range of opportunities,” said Graham. “I have worked at the Company since 1971, and I feel very lucky and grateful to every co-worker at every one of our businesses since then.”
O’Shaughnessy, 33, joined Graham Holdings Company in 2014 as President to oversee investments and acquisitions, and to help set a new direction for the Company following the sale of The Washington Post. Previously, he served as chief executive officer of LivingSocial.
“Don and his mother, Katharine Graham, have taken a newspaper business and turned it into a diverse set of successful businesses that share a commitment to high standards for our customers, employees, and shareholders. Our Company has been uniquely positioned to focus on the long-term possibilities in business, and this philosophy will continue to serve as a true north. I am honored to work with Don, who will remain an active chairman, to build the next generation of this wonderful company,” said O’Shaughnessy.
O’Shaughnessy graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He began his career at AOL and later ran product development at Revolution Health prior to co-founding LivingSocial.
O’Shaughnessy and his wife Laura Graham O’Shaughnessy, a daughter of Donald E. Graham and CEO of SocialCode, live in Washington, DC and have two young children.