A.G. Sulzberger, 37, Will Take New York Times Reins on Jan. 1
It announced Thursday what had been telegraphed previously, with only the exact date a vague mystery: Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., 66, will retire as publisher on Dec. 31 and be succeeded in that post by his 37-year-old son, A.G. Sulzberger. The father, who took over from his dad, has held the post since 1992.
The father will continue to serve as chairman of the company’s board of directors, a position he has held since 1997.
As the company underscored in a press release, "Like the publishers before him, he will be the principal steward of the editorial independence, excellence and long-term prosperity of The New York Times."
It's a point of obvious pride, which also stands as a reminder of how the family now enters the fifth generation of ownership without the often fatal internal frictions that bring down many family-run enterprises. Key members now include thirtysomething cousins Sulzberger and Sam Dolnick, an assistant editor whose jurisdiction has included creation of the very successful podcast, “The Daily,” which averages half a million downloads a day.