NYT’s Schiller Jumps to NPR as President, CEO

The New York Times’ Vivian Schiller has jumped to National Public Radio as president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 5, 2009. She succeeds Dennis Haarsager, who served as interim CEO since March.

Her appointment, announced Tuesday (Nov 11), is the result of an eighth-month search process conducted by NPR’s board of directors.

Schiller has more than 20 years of experience in media, most recently as senior vp and general manager of NYTimes.com, the largest newspaper Web site on the Internet. Before the Times, she served as senior vp and general manager of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications, and as senior vp of CNN Productions. She began her career as a Russian interpreter in the former Soviet Union, which led to documentary production work for Turner Broadcasting.

“Vivian is a talented and proven leader with superb skills and broad experience in the media industry. Her roots in the news business, as well as her inclusive management style and operational expertise make her an ideal fit for NPR,” said Howard Stevenson, board chairman of NPR.