Janet Robinson re-appointed to 4-year term on Carnegie Corporation board

NEWPORT, R.I. – Janet L. Robinson, chairman of Salve Regina University’s board of trustees and the first woman to be named president and CEO of The New York Times, has been re-appointed to a four-year term on the Carnegie Corporation of New York Board after having previously served eight years as a trustee, including in the role of chairman.

In welcoming Robinson back to the board, Carnegie Corporation President Vartan Gregorian said, “For more than 100 years, the Corporation has had a history of attracting leaders of great accomplishment, breadth and stature. Janet Robinson underlines that tradition. During her earlier years of service to the board, including her role as chairman, we valued Janet’s leadership as well as her contributions to our discussions and our deliberations. With her participation, we will remain focused on the future and emboldened to take on the most difficult challenges.”

Robinson, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Salve Regina in 1972, was awarded an honorary doctorate in business administration by her alma mater in 1998. In 2004, Salve Regina dedicated the Janet L. Robinson Curriculum Resource Center at McKillop Library. The collection houses the materials necessary to support the university’s education department curriculum, including early childhood, elementary, secondary and special education programs.

Robinson started at The New York Times Company as an account executive in 1983, beginning an unprecedented ascent for a woman in the newspaper industry. Twenty years later, she became President and CEO of the company, and retired from that position in December 2011. As CEO, Robinson had primary responsibility for overseeing and coordinating all the company’s print, digital and broadcast operations and business units, and for charting the future direction of the Company as it entered the digital age.

Robinson implemented a new, accelerated strategic plan that focused on leveraging the company’s core asset, quality journalism, and expanding the company’s reach across new and emerging forms of media. This included developing innovative new products in print and online, implementing operational efficiency and expense reduction across all business units, and rebalancing the company’s portfolio of businesses.

Previously, Robinson served as chief operating officer and executive vice president. From 2001 until 2004, she was the senior vice president of newspaper operations for the company. In this role, she led the operation of all the company’s newspaper properties, which included The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune, and the regional newspapers. In addition, Robinson was responsible for all digital and broadcast operations.

She also held the position of president and general manager of The New York Times newspaper from 1996 to 2004. Robinson was elected director of the company in 2004.

In 2012, Robinson joined the International Advisory Board at Fleishman-Hillard International Communications, one of the world’s leading strategic communications firms. In addition to Carnegie Corporation’s Board, Robinson has served on numerous nonprofit boards. She is also a member of the Leadership Committee for the Lincoln Center Consolidated Corporate Fund.

Previous board positions include vice chairman of the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, chairman of the Advertising Council, and chairman of the board of directors of the American Advertising Federation. Robinson’s many awards and accolades include multiple entries in Forbes Magazine’s list of 100 Most Powerful Women in the World, and a 2009 National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) Women of Excellence Award.
Robinson lives in New York City.