The search being conducted by Spencer Stuart for the next New York Times Company CEO has kicked up two names: Gordon Crovitz and Alan Spoon. The New York Post is reporting that those two have emerged as frontrunners to replace Janet Robinson, though nothing is confirmed.
The two are big names, but don’t carry the digital experience many think the Times needs. Crovitz was The Wall Street Journal’s Publisher until 2007, when News Corp. completed its acquisition of Dow Jones. Since then he has been working as an advisor to tech startups. Spoon was most notably the President and CEO of The Washington Post Company; he also had a stint as President of Newsweek.
Obviously the two leading the pack is just a rumor, so don’t get too crazed. Hopefully the Times recognizes the need for someone with more of a digital background and will do the right thing. Stay tuned.