Gawker COO Gaby Darbyshire Can Do It All

gawkerlogo07072010.jpgToday’s New York Observer offers an illuminating and flattering peek at Gawker Media chief operating officer and general counsel Gaby Darbyshire.

According to the profile, Darbyshire is a close, trusted right hand to founder and publisher Nick Denton. She’s known her boss for nearly two decades, has roomed with him and functions as the behind-the-scenes operator that handles Gawker’s near-daily legal threats. But that’s not all! Here are some more details about this Gawker powerhouse, from the Observer:

• Her feet are huge.
• She casually alludes to Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Ubervilles in emails to angry readers.
• “She’s hilarious, tough and fair,” according to Gawker alum and The Awl co-founder Choire Sicha.
• She can tell Nick Denton what to do.

There’s much more — including her espionage-tinged pedigree, her background in science and the sense of moral principle that guides her as she fields legal threats by people who’ve been damaged by Gawker Media items.