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Posts Tagged ‘Catherine Mathis’

Roll Call: Publicis Consultants, Twitter Founders, NYWICI, and More

Left to right: NYWICI immediate past president Linda Kaplan Thaler; The NYT's Gail Collins; and new board president Catherine Mathis at a meeting last month

Publicis Consultants, part of MSLGroup, has named Michael Echter director of client engagement and growth. Echter was previously the new business lead for MSL New York, and will continue to be based in NYC. He joined the firm in 2000.

Twitter founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams, as well as Jason Goldman, a Twitter executive, are stepping away from the day-to-day at the microblogging company in order to relaunch The Obvious Corporation, which will focus on issues like those facing nonprofits. Obvious was started to purchase failed start ups and spawned Twitter.

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NY Women in Communications Welcomes New President

Left to right: Linda Kaplan Thaler, The NYT's Gail Collins, and Catherine Mathis

New York Women in Communications welcomed its incoming president Catherine Mathis at its annual meeting Tuesday night. Mathis, SVP of marketing and communications at Standard & Poor’s, took the stage to reiterate the dual foci of the organization for the coming months: to continue to provide “education and opportunities” for members to advance their careers and the importance of new media along with all the changes it brings.

Outgoing president Linda Kaplan Thaler, CEO and chief creative officer of The Kaplan Thaler Group, and other officers discussed some of the preliminary numbers from the past year (the organization’s financials have not yet been audited, so the numbers were approximations): $800,000 in revenue from the annual Matrix Awards, $800,000 in operating budget, and 2,011 members to date.

Then special guest speaker, author and New York Times columnist Gail Collins, talked about the obstacles that women have overcome during the past 50 years.

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Bob Christie Leaves Dow Jones To Join The New York Times

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The New York Times has named Robert Christie SVP of Corporate communications, filling a role that had been vacant since August 2009 when Catherine Mathis left for Standard & Poor’s.

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.

Christie was previously VP of communications at Dow Jones & Co. Just last week Bethany B. Sherman was named Dow Jones & Company’s first chief communications officer.

NY Times Co. On Search for New SVP, Corp. Communications: ‘We Are in the Process of Evaluating Candidates’

A few weeks ago, we wondered if the search was still on for the open position of SVP Corporate Communications at the New York Times Company, since 12-year veteran Catherine Mathis left in late August for Standard & Poor’s. Today the company told us that it is.

“…we are in the process of evaluating candidates and have nothing to report as of yet,” Abbe Serphos, Director of Public Relations for the New York Times Company told PRNewser via email today. The new hire, if announced soon, could presumably aid the company in PR efforts around potential new approaches to monetizing the Times‘ website and handling buyouts/layoffs of 100 employees.

Search Still on For Times SVP of Communications?

The head communications position at The New York Times Company – Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications – is still vacant since 12-year veteran Catherine Mathis left the company in early August for Standard & Poor’s.

Clearly, this is a buyer’s market. But will a decision come soon? The company announces Q3 earnings on October 22nd.

NYT SVP of Corp. Comm. Leaves for S&P


New York Times Company Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Catherine Mathis is leaving the company after twelve years. She will join Standard & Poor’s as senior vice president and head of marketing and communications.

The Awl broke the news and has the full memo from Times chief executive Janet Robinson.