Former DirecTV Chief Eddy Hartenstein Named President and CEO of Tribune
today announced its board of directors appointed Eddy
Hartenstein as president and CEO, effective immediately. Hartenstein will
be responsible for overseeing all of the company’s operations. He was
previously a co-president of the company and a member of its executive council. The
four-member executive council exercised the responsibilities of the president and
CEO since last October. It’s been dissolved.
“The board feels strongly that it is in Tribune’s best interests to have one
person providing strategic vision and day-to-day direction for the company and
its employees as we prepare to emerge from the Chapter 11 process,"
said Sam Zell, Tribune’s chairman.
Hartenstein will continue to serve as publisher and chief executive officer of
Los Angeles Times Communications, LLC, a position he has held since August,
2008. He will be assisted in these tasks by Kathy Thomson, appointed today
to the newly created position of president and chief operating officer of
Going forward, the council’s other members will focus on their primary
responsibilities: Don Liebentritt as chief restructuring officer, Nils
Larsen as chief investment officer and chairman of Tribune Broadcasting,
and Tony Hunter as president, publisher and CEO of Chicago Tribune Co.,
with oversight responsibility for Tribune’s six mid-market newspapers.
Tribune has multiple newspapers; cable and radio properties, and 23 TV