Laventhol to step down as Times Mirror president

December 03, 1993|By Staff Report

David Laventhol is retiring as president of Times Mirror Co. and publisher of its flagship newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, because of health reasons, the company said yesterday.

Mr. Laventhol, 60, will become editor-at-large of the parent company. He will be succeeded as publisher of the Times by Richard T. Schlosberg III, 49, who had been senior vice president for newspapers, responsible for the company's Eastern newspapers, including The Baltimore Sun and Newsday.

As part of a management reorganization, Mr. Schlosberg and Curtis A. Hessler, 49, have been named executive vice presidents. They will report to Times Mirror's chairman and chief executive, Robert F. Erburu. Mr. Erburu also will become Times Mirror president when Mr. Laventhol steps down.

The changes are effective Jan. 1.

Senior vice president Donald F. Wright, 59, will succeed Mr. Schlosberg as group executive for Times Mirror's Eastern newspapers and magazines, reporting directly to Mr. Schlosberg.

Mr. Laventhol, who began his newspaper career in 1957 as a reporter and news editor at the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, has been president of Times Mirror since 1987 and publisher of the Los Angeles Times since 1989. He was editor of Newsday from 1970 to 1978 and publisher from 1978 to 1987.

"I'm moving into a different role, which will be a little less demanding, which will be helpful personally," Mr. Laventhol said yesterday in an employee bulletin to the staff of the Los Angeles Times.

In his new role as editor-at-large, Mr. Laventhol, who is being treated successfully for Parkinson's disease, will work with the company's editors and advise Times Mirror senior executives on policy matters.

Mr. Schlosberg joined Times Mirror in 1983, serving as publisher and chief executive of the Denver Post before going to the Los Angeles Times in 1988 as president. In 1990, he was named group vice president for Times Mirror's Eastern newspapers and chairman of the company's newspaper management committee. He was promoted to senior vice president in March 1993.

Mr. Hessler, who will supervise the company's cable and professional publishing groups, joined Times Mirror in 1991 as senior vice president responsible for the company's corporate staff.

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