Christie told PRNewser in a phone interview today that he is “very excited about the opportunity” and that he “looks forward to doing good work for the Times.”
The Times job is one of the most high profile PR jobs in media, and the company clearly took its time in finding the right candidate. A company spokesperson confirmed to PRNewser that they’ve been evaluating candidates since Mathis’ departure.
Times reporters we’ve spoken to over the past months were speculating as to whether or not the announcement would come before the company announced its “metered pay model” plans in late January.
One reporter we spoke with today said, “we’re quite excited…the people who have worked with Christie really respect him.” No doubt Times reporters are also happy at the fact they now have a PR leader who knows the inner workings of their arch-rival The Wall Street Journal.