August 21, 2017 Last Updated 3:43 pm

Tronc names Ross Levinsohn as the new CEO and Publisher of the Los Angeles Times

Jim Kirk, formerly editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, becomes Interim Executive Editor at the LA Times following the management shake-up

CHICAGO, Illinois — August 21, 2017 — tronc, Inc. today announced that Ross Levinsohn has been named Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of the Los Angeles Times, effective immediately.

“Ross is a visionary and innovative executive who is the ideal person to lead the Los Angeles Times into its next stage of growth. We believe his long-standing ties to Southern California and passion for news, coupled with his deep experience in technology and media, make him uniquely qualified to accelerate our growth across the entire company,” said Justin C. Dearborn, Chief Executive Officer and Director.

Ross LevinsohnAs CEO and Publisher, Levinsohn will oversee the Los Angeles Times’ operations and be charged with expanding its journalistic endeavors, product and content initiatives, global footprint and business and revenue opportunities.  He has a long history of driving transformation and growth across media, technology and consumer brands.

“The Los Angeles Times is a beacon of journalism and one of the most important voices in media, and I am honored and humbled to lead this world-class media enterprise. I look forward to working with the talented teams to expand our footprint, advance tronc’s digital transformation and further cement our role as a trusted source of news and information,” said Levinsohn. “We have global ambitions for this brand, and I believe the Los Angeles Times has the potential to further expand and deepen its societal and cultural impact regionally, nationally and around the world.”

Jim Kirk, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for tronc and formerly the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, will serve as Interim Executive Editor for the Los Angeles Times. Kirk will work closely with Levinsohn in the search for an Editor-in-Chief, while supporting the senior editorial teams’ push to drive cutting-edge reporting and commentary.

Ross Levinsohn Bio

Ross Levinsohn is a digital media pioneer who has long been at the intersection of technology and media. Best known for his leadership roles at Yahoo! and Fox, Levinsohn has helped build and operate both complex large-scale businesses and startup endeavors.  As Interim CEO and Head of Global Media at Yahoo!, he helped re-energize and reposition the company, and as President of Fox Interactive Media, his vision and leadership turned Fox into a leading digital player.

He served as Interim CEO at Yahoo! after having led both Global Media and the Americas, Yahoo’s largest division responsible for over $3 billion in revenue.  At Fox, he served as President of Fox Interactive Media, where he oversaw a diverse group of digital media properties including MySpace, IGN, Fox Sports, Rotten Tomatoes and Fox’s entertainment assets and grew the business to one of the largest digital companies in the country. He also played an integral role in the creation of what is now Hulu.  He went on to serve as CEO of Guggenheim Digital Media, where he managed assets including The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Adweek and the Clio Awards.  Most recently, he was Co-Founder and a Partner at Whisper Advisors, a boutique media and technology advisory firm, and a senior advisor at Boston Consulting Group. Levinsohn has also held senior management positions with AltaVista, CBS Sportsline and HBO.

Levinsohn holds a BA in Communications from The American University, where he serves on its board of trustees. He has also served as a director in several related companies including Tribune Media, Freedom Communications and Dex Media.

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