Bob Christie Leaves Dow Jones To Join The New York Times

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.