Is the NY Times a Pharma/Chemical Tabloid?

May 29, 2010

The NY Times is one of the main standard bearers for journalism.  ABC’s Nicholas Regush told me that journalists look to the NY Times for what issues are safe to write about and what attitudes they can safely assume, and attributed that routine to “laziness”.   The Deputy Director of the CIA (Richard Bissell) during Kennedy’s administration required his analysts to read the NY Times first thing every morning (see his autobiography, as I recollect, needs confirmation).

Jim West
Health And Research Publications (HARpub)

NY Times is dominated by board members who have a conflict of interest with pharmaceutical and chemical industries.  Nine of 14 members share this conflict, and the remaining, including the chairman, are journalists – which reminds me of a board of directors list I found of a Catholic hospital (like “St. Lukes”).   The chairwoman was a nun, but all other board members were pharmaceutical executives.

If you want to write for the NY Times, study these people.  You might well have to run this gauntlet.

Incidentally, NY Times, as of 2009, is in debt $1.1 billion and may be taken over by the second richest man in the world, a Lebanese/Mexican named Mr. Slim.

NY Times Board of Directors (2008)

 
Raul E. Cesan Raul E. Cesan was elected to the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company in 1999.
  Mr. Cesan is the founder and has served as the managing partner of the investment firm, Commercial Worldwide LLC since 2001.
  Previously, Mr. Cesan served as president and chief operating officer of the Schering-Plough Corporation from 1998 until 2001, culminating a 24-year career at the company.
  He joined Schering-Plough, which is engaged in the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceutical and health care products worldwide, in 1977 as director of finance and administration for the company’s Latin American region. He subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility, including president of operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and was appointed president of Schering-Plough International in 1988. In 1992, he became president of Schering Laboratories, the U.S. pharmaceutical marketing arm, and in 1994, became president of Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals.
  Committee Memberships: Audit (Chair) and Finance
Daniel H. Cohen Daniel H. Cohen was elected to the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company in 2007.
  Mr. Cohen serves as president of DeepSee, LLC, an oceanic exploration and submarine leasing company. Prior to that he was president of Dan Cohen & Sons, LLC from 1999 to 2006.
  Mr. Cohen was senior vice president, advertising for The New York Times from 1996 to 1999. During his 16 years with The Times, he was also vice president, advertising from 1995 – 1996, group director of promotion from 1993 to 1995, managing director of sales from 1992 to 1993, and held various positions, including circulation sales development manager, northeast circulation manager and corporate planning analyst from 1983 to 1992.
  Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Cohen was vice president, business affairs at Fort Worth Productions from 1981 to 1983, and a broadcast journalist and director at WESH-TV from 1976 to 1980. He was a management trainee at Multimedia Corp. from 1974 to 1976.
  Mr. Cohen is the treasurer and 50% owner of the not-for-profit Deep Search International and serves on the Tufts University Board of Overseers for Arts and Science(?). He is also a board member of the Professional Children School and the Rainforest Alliance, and is the chairman’s council at Conservation International.
  Committee Membership: Finance
Robert E. Denham Munger, Tolles & Olsen LLP
  Robert E. Denham was elected to the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company in 2008.
  Mr. Denham has been a partner of the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olsen LLP from 1973 to 1991 and since 1998. During the interim years, he served as chief executive officer of Salomon Brothers from 1992 to 1997, subsequent to joining the firm as General Counsel in 1991.
  Mr. Denham is also a member of the board of directors of Chevron, Fomento Economico Mexicano SA de CV, Alcatel-Lucent S.A. and Wesco Financial Corporation. In addition, he serves as chairman and trustee of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; trustee of the New School University; chairman, president and trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation; vice chairman and trustee of the Good Samaritan Hospital of Los Angeles; and trustee of the New Village Charter School in Los Angeles, California.
  Committee Memberships: Audit and Nominating & Governance
Lynn G. Dolnick Ms. Lynn Dolnick was elected to the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company in 2005.
  Ms. Dolnick served as the associate director for Exhibits and Outreach for the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park in Washington, DC, from 1998 until 2004. During her eighteen years with the Zoological Park, Ms. Dolnick also served as the head of the Office of Exhibits and founded and served as the first director of NOAHS Center (New Opportunities in Animal Health Sciences), which worked to apply biomedical advances in reproduction, veterinary medicine, and genetics to the conservation of wildlife.
  Committee Memberships: Finance and Foundation
Scott Galloway Mr. Galloway is the founder of Firebrand Partners, an operational activist investment firm. In addition, he is a clinical associate professor at the NYU Stern School of Business where he teaches brand strategy to second-year MBA students.
  In 1997, Mr. Galloway founded Red Envelope, an Internet-based branded consumer gift retailer. In 1992, he founded Prophet, a brand strategy consultancy that employs over 100 professionals in the United States, Europe and Asia.
  Mr. Galloway was elected to the World Economic Forum’s “Global Leaders of Tomorrow,” which recognizes 100 individuals under the age of forty “whose accomplishments have had an impact on a global level.” He serves on the board of eco-America, an environmental non-profit, and received a B.A. from UCLA and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley.  [WEF is based in Geneva Switzerland, and among its several ‘initiatives’, promotes fake disease ‘health’ programs along with World Bank, WTO, and IMF]
Michael Golden Mr. Golden was appointed vice chairman of The New York Times Company in October 1997. He was also elected to the Company’s Board of Directors in 1997. Mr. Golden served as publisher of the International Herald Tribune from November 2003 to January 2008. From 1997 to 2003, Mr. Golden served as chief administrative officer for the Company, and before his appointment as publisher of the IHT, Mr. Golden served on the newspaper’s Board of Directors from 1997 to 2002.
  Mr. Golden was executive vice president and publisher at the company’s Tennis magazine from 1994 to 1996. Before that, he served as executive vice president and general manager of the company’s Women’s Publishing Division from 1991 to 1994; publisher of McCall’s magazine from 1990 to 1991; and general manager of Child magazine from 1988 to 1990. The Times Company sold its Women’s Publishing Division in 1994.
  From 1986 to 1988, Mr. Golden served as senior vice president of The Retail Magazine Marketing Company, which was the Company’s magazine distributor. Previously, he served as production manager of Family Circle since joining the company in 1984.
  Before joining the Times Company, Mr. Golden worked for eight years in a series of editorial and management posts at The Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times.
William E. Kennard William E. Kennard was elected to the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company in 2001.
  Mr. Kennard joined The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm, in May 2001 as a managing director in the global telecommunications and media group. Before joining The Carlyle Group, Mr. Kennard served as Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from November 1997 to January 2001
  Mr. Kennard served as the FCC’s general counsel from December 1993 to November 1997. Before serving in the government, Mr. Kennard was a partner and a member of the board of directors of the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand.
  Committee Memberships: Nominating & Governance (Chair) and Finance
James Kohlberg(?) James Kohlberg was elected to the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company in 2008.
  Mr. Kohlberg is a co-founder and has served as chairman of Kohlberg & Company since 1987.
  Previously, Mr. Kohlberg was an Investment Professional at Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts from 1984 to 1987.
  Mr. Kohlberg is on the board of directors and has served as chairman of Helium Group LLC (d/b/a/ HalogenGuides.com) since 2005, and ClearEdge Power, Inc. since 2004. He also serves on the board of directors of Essential Entertainment, and various Kohlberg & Company portfolio companies. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors for EcoAmerica [with Scott Galloway], a non-profit organization.[Why the name “Halogen”, which represents the element group encompassing chlorine and fluorine?]
  Committee Membership: Compensation
Dawn G. Lepore Dawn G. Lepore was elected to the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company in 2008.
  Ms. Lepore has served as president, chief executive officer and chairman of drugstore.com since October 2004.
  Previously, Ms. Lepore served as vice chairman, technology, active trader, operations, business strategy and administration of The Charles Schwab Corporation and Charles Schwab & Co. from 2003 to 2004. During her 21 years at Charles Schwab, she held a wide range of senior executive positions in applications development, technology, general operations and business strategy.
  She is also a member of the board of directors of eBay Inc.
  Committee Memberships: Finance and Compensation
David E. Liddle David E. Liddle was elected to the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company in 2000.
  Since 2000, Dr. Liddle has been a partner at U.S. Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. Between 1992 and 1999, he served as president of Interval Research Corporation, a Silicon Valley-based laboratory and incubator for new businesses focusing on broadband, consumer devices, interaction design and advanced technologies.
  Previously, Dr. Liddle founded Metaphor Computer Systems in 1982 and served as its president and CEO. He has also held executive positions at Xerox Corporation and IBM.
  Committee Memberships: Compensation (Chair) and Audit
Ellen R. Marram Ellen R. Marram was elected to the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company in 1998. Since 2006, Ms. Marram has served as the board’s presiding director.
  Ms. Marram has served as president of The Barnegat Group, LLC since 2006. Previously, she served as a managing director at North Castle Partners, LLC from 2000 to 2005 and is currently an advisor to the firm.
  From 1999 until 2000, Ms. Marram was president and chief executive officer of efdex Inc. (the Electronic Food & Drink Exchange), an Internet-based commodities exchange for the food and beverage industry.
  Ms. Marram, who left the Tropicana Beverage Group in 1998 after it was sold by The Seagram Company Ltd., had served as its president and chief executive officer from 1997 to 1998. She joined the company in 1993 as group president. Previously, she served as president and chief executive officer of the Nabisco Biscuit Company, the largest operating unit of Nabisco, Inc. Prior to joining Standard Brands Incorporated in 1977, which later merged with Nabisco, she worked with Johnson & Johnson and Lever Brothers.
  Ms. Marram also serves on the board of directors of the Ford Motor Company, Eli Lilly and Company and Cadbury Schweppes plc.
  Committee Memberships: Finance (Chair), Compensation and Nominating & Governance.
Ellen R. Marram
A Second Biography
from www.kblhealthcare.com/about_us/advisors.htm 
  Ellen Marram has been the president of the Barnegat Group LLC [Clinton Global Initiatives (HIV/AIDS programs, etc.)], her business advisory firm, since January 2006. From September 2000 to December 2005, she was a managing director of North Castle Partners, a private equity firm focused on investments in the healthy living and aging sector, where she currently serves as an operating advisor. 
  Ms. Marram served as president and chief executive officer of efdex inc. [Electronic Food Drink Exchange] from August 1999 to May 2000. She previously served as president and chief executive officer of Tropicana Beverage Group from September 1997 until November 1998, and had previously served as President of the Group, as well as executive vice president of The Seagram Company Ltd. and Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc. Before joining Seagram in 1993, she served as president and chief executive officer of Nabisco Biscuit Company and senior vice president of the Nabisco Foods Group from June 1988 until April 1993. Ms. Marram is a member of the board of directors of Ford Motor Company, The New York Times Company, and Eli Lilly and Company, as well as several private companies. 
  She is a member of The Health Executives Leadership Network and serves on a number of non-profit boards including The New York & Presbyterian Hospital, Lincoln Center Theater, Families and Work Institute and Citymeals-on-Wheels. She has served as a Trustee of The Conference Board and the Board of Associates of Harvard Business School. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and has received Alumni Achievement Awards from both institutions.
Thomas Middelhoff Thomas Middelhoff was elected to the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company in 2003.
  Dr. Middelhoff has served as chief executive officer of Arcandor AG, a German retailer, since May 2005.
  Previously, Dr. Middelhoff served as both the non-executive chairman of Arcandor AG, which he became in 2004, and a managing director at Investcorp Ltd., the global investment firm, which he joined in 2003. From 1997 to 2002, he was chairman and chief executive officer of Bertelsmann AG, which he joined in 1986.
  Dr. Middelhoff also serves as the non-executive chairman on the supervisory boards of Senator Entertainment AG, a German company; and Thomas Cook Group plc, The Polestar Group Ltd. and moneybookers.com, all of which are United Kingdom companies. He is also co-chairman of Germany1 Acquisition Ltd. (Guernsey).
  He is on the advisory boards of BHF-Bank and NRW.Bank, the economic advisory board of RWE AG, the VW marketing advisory board of Volkswagen AG (all of which are German companies) and the advisory board of Fitch Ratings, a U.S./U.K. company, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fimalac S.A., a French company. Dr. Middelhoff is a member of Naturallianz (Natural Alliance), which is an environmental initiative for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in Germany and throughout the world. He also serves as a member of the advisory council of the University of Münster in Germany.
  He is on the advisory boards of BHF-Bank and NRW.Bank, the economic advisory board of RWE AG, the VW marketing advisory board of Volkswagen AG (all of which are German companies) and the advisory board of Fitch Ratings, a U.S./U.K. company, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fimalac S.A., a French company. Dr. Middelhoff is a member of Naturallianz (Natural Alliance), which is an environmental initiative for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in Germany and throughout the world. He also serves as a member of the advisory council of the University of Münster in Germany.
  Committee Memberships: Compensation and Finance
Janet L. Robinson Janet L. Robinson became president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company on December 27, 2004. As C.E.O., Ms. Robinson has primary responsibility for overseeing and coordinating all of the Company’s operations and business units and for working closely with the chairman to chart the future direction of the Company. Previously, she had served as chief operating officer and executive vice president since February 2004. From February 2001 until January 2004, she served as senior vice president, newspaper operations for The New York Times Company. In this role, she led the operations of all of the Company’s newspaper properties, which include The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune and the regional newspapers. She also held the position of president and general manager of The New York Times newspaper from 1996 until 2004. Ms. Robinson was elected a director of the Company in December 2004.
  During her tenure, Ms. Robinson has directed the acceleration of advertising and circulation revenue growth at all properties and the improvement in profit margins through expense controls, operating efficiencies and pricing initiatives. She has overseen the completion of The Times’s conversion to color and section expansion, the creation and implementation of the national expansion of the newspaper and its entry into television programming and distribution.
  Prior to joining the newspaper, Ms. Robinson served as group senior vice president for the advertising sales and marketing unit of The New York Times Company Women’s Magazine Group (which has since been sold) from January 1992, and vice president of the group since September 1990. From June 1983 until August 1990, she held several sales management positions with Golf Digest and Tennis Magazine that were formerly owned by The New York Times Company.
  Before joining the Times Company in June 1983, Ms. Robinson was a public school teacher in Newport, Rhode Island, and Somerset, Massachusetts.
  Ms. Robinson received a B.A. degree in English from Salve Regina College, Newport, RI, where she graduated cum laude in 1972. She was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Business Administration degree from Salve Regina University in May 1998. In 1996, she completed the Executive Education Program at Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H.
  Ms. Robinson is vice chair of the board of the Liberty Science Center and serves on the boards of the Newspaper Association of America and the Presidential Board of Trustees of Salve Regina University. She serves on the board of New England Sports Ventures, and in 2008, she joined the advisory board for New York Women in Communications (NYWICI). Ms. Robinson is also a member of the Leadership Committee for The Lincoln Center Consolidated Corporate Fund and a trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, where she is chairman of the planning and finance committee and a member of the investment committee.
  Committee Memberships: Foundation
Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. was named chairman of The New York Times Company on October 16, 1997. As the Company’s senior executive, he is responsible for its long-term business strategy. Mr. Sulzberger, who became publisher of The New York Times in 1992, continues to run the Company’s flagship enterprise on a day-to-day basis. Over the past decade, he has shaped and implemented innovative print, broadcast and online initiatives that are enabling the Company to compete successfully in the 21st century global media marketplace. These include:
  Transforming The Times into a national newspaper
  Developing a major Times company presence on the Internet, which now includes NYTimes.com, the No.1 newspaper-owned Web site in the world, Boston.com, About.com and IHT.com
  Acquiring the International Herald Tribune
  Becoming a minority partner in New England Sports Ventures, which includes the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park and 80% of the New England Sports Network
  During Mr. Sulzberger’s tenure as publisher, The Times has earned 34 Pulitzer Prizes and provided its readers with innumerable examples of momentous journalism such as its breakthrough series “How Race is Lived in America,” its internationally acclaimed coverage of the September 11 terrorist attack in a “A Nation Challenged” and “Portraits of Grief,” “Class Matters,” a 11-part series exploring class in American society, “Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts,” an expose of the Bush Administration’s use of wiretaps and “China Rises,” a four-part, multimedia series.
  It should also be noted that The New York Times Company has been repeatedly cited for its commitment to excellence, innovation and social responsibility.
  Before coming to The Times, Mr. Sulzberger was a reporter with The Raleigh (N.C.) Times from 1974 to 1976, and a London correspondent for The Associated Press from 1976 to 1978.
  He joined The Times in 1978 as a correspondent in its Washington bureau. He moved to New York as a metro reporter in 1981 and was appointed assistant metro editor later that year.
  From 1983 to 1987, he worked in a variety of business departments, including production and corporate planning. In January 1987, he was named assistant publisher and, a year later, deputy publisher, overseeing the news and business departments. In both capacities, he was involved in planning The Times’s automated color printing and distribution facilities in Edison, N.J., and at College Point in Queens, N.Y., as well as the creation of the six-section color newspaper.
  Mr. Sulzberger played a central role in the development of the Times Square Business Improvement District, officially launched in January 1992, serving as the first chairman of that civic organization. He also helped found and serves as chairman of the New York City Outward Bound Center.
  Mr. Sulzberger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Tufts University in 1974. He is also xxx
Doreen A. Toben Doreen A. Toben was elected to the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company in 2004.
  Ms. Toben has served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Verizon Communications, Inc. since 2002 and is responsible for its finance and strategic planning efforts. Previously, she was senior vice president and chief financial officer with responsibility for finance and strategic planning for Verizon’s Telecom Group.
  Ms. Toben is a 30-year telecommunications veteran. She began her career at AT&T Corp. and over the years held various of positions of increasing responsibility primarily in treasury, strategic planning and finance both there, and beginning in 1984 at Bell Atlantic Inc. Her later positions at Bell Atlantic included vice president and chief financial officer, Bell Atlantic-New Jersey in 1993; vice president, finance and controller in 1995; vice president and chief financial officer, Telecom/Network in 1997, and vice president and controller in 1999.
  Ms. Toben is a member of the National Advisory Board of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and serves on the board of directors of Verizon Wireless.
  Committee Memberships: Audit and Foundation
Previous members, from 1999 list, with conflicts of interest: http://lists.essential.org/random-bits/msg00091.html
Richard L. Gelb 
(previous member, from the 1999 list)
Consultant and Director of various corporations and not-for-profit entities Chairman Emeritus (from 1995), 
Chairman (from 1976 to 1995), President (from 1967 to 1976), Chief Executive Officer (from 1972 to 1994) and 
Director (from 1960), Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (a diversified worldwide health d personal care company). 
Director.  Since: 1974 Committee Memberships: Compensation (Chairman), Finance and Nominating.  Age: 74
Henry B. Schact 
(previous member, from the 1999 list)
Director and Senior Advisor, E.M. Warburg, Pincus & Co., LLC, from 1999 Senior Advisor (from 1998 to 1999), 
Chairman (from 1996 to 1998) and Chief Executive Officer (from 1996 to 1997), Lucent Technologies Inc. 
Chairman (from 1977 to 1995) and Chief Executive Officer (from 1973 to 1994), Cummins Engine Company, Inc. 
Director of Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) [fluoride], Chase Manhattan Corporation and The Chase Manhattan Bank, 
Cummins Engine Company, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Knoll, Inc. and Lucent Technologies Inc. Age: 64
CHARLES H. PRICE II 
(previous member, from the 1999 list)
THE HONORABLE CHARLES H. PRICE II Director of various corporations and not-for-profit entities Chairman, Mercantile Bank of Kansas City, from 1992 to 1996, and Director, Mercantile Bancorp (bank holding company), from 1992 to 1996 Director of Hanson PLC, Texaco Inc. and U.S. Industries, Inc. United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1983 to 1989 Director Since: 1989 Committee Memberships: Compensation and Employee Stock Purchase Plan (“ESPP”) Age: 67
BRENDA C. BARNES
(previous member, from the 1999 list)
President and Chief Executive Officer (from 1996 to 1997) and Chief
Operating Officer (from 1993 to
1996), Pepsi-Cola North America; President (1992), Pepsi-Cola South
Director of Sears, Roebuck and Co., Avon Products, Inc., Starwood Hotels
& Resorts, LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC and LucasDigital Ltd.
Director Since: 1998
Committee Memberships: Finance and ERISA
Age: 45

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