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RUSSELL T. LEWIS IS NAMED PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK TIMES

 NEW YORK, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The appointment of Russell T. Lewis as president and general manager of The New York Times was announced today by the newspaper's publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr.
 In announcing the appointment, Mr. Sulzberger Jr. said: "The depth and breadth of Russ's experience at The Times are almost unique. He combines a fundamental knowledge of the newspaper business with tremendous energy, creativity and judgment."
 In his new position, Mr. Lewis, 45, will be responsible for all of the business-side activities of The Times. His most recent position at The Times was executive vice president and deputy general manager. Mr. Lewis succeeds Lance R. Primis, who, in September 1992, was named president and chief operating officer of The New York Times Company (AMEX: NYT.A).
 Several other changes in the business management of The Times were announced today by Mr. Lewis. John M. O'Brien, 50, executive vice president and deputy general manager, was given the additional responsibility for all of The Times's operations departments, which include pre-press, production, distribution and systems.
 Mr. Lewis said: "By combining John's current responsibilities for labor relations and human resources with his new responsibilities for The Times's operations departments, we are linking all of the elements that are required for us to intelligently manage the more than 2,000 men and women who are responsible for the production and distribution of The Times. As important, in his role as deputy general manager, John will continue to be in a position to contribute to all of The Times's business endeavors, thereby making the best use of his years of experience."
 Reporting to Mr. O'Brien will be Richard H. Gilman, vice president, systems and technology; Michael J. Kurtz, vice president, human resources; Joseph M. Mullen, vice president, production; David A. Thurm, executive director, facilities development; and Ralph Chetcuti, executive director, building operations.
 Mr. Lewis also today named Karen Messineo, 36, to the position of vice president and chief financial officer for The Times newspaper. "As controller of The Times for the past three years, Karen has played an important part in the overall success of our newspaper," Mr. Lewis said. "Now, as The Times's chief financial officer, Karen will be in an even better position to contribute to the achievement of our strategic objectives."
 Also announced today was the appointment of Penelope Muse Abernathy, currently The Times newsroom's business manager, as vice president, planning. In this newly created position, Mrs. Abernathy, 41, will be responsible for The Times's overall business planning efforts.
 Mr. Lewis said: "To meet the challenges presented by today's economic environment, and to improve our ability to consistently exceed our customers' expectations in the future, we will rely more heavily on the strategic planning function. Penny's experience and demonstrated accomplishments in a wide variety of newspaper positions dealing with both the news and business sides of journalism make her the ideal choice for this new position."
 In their new capacities, Mr. O'Brien, Mrs. Messineo and Mrs. Abernathy will report to Mr. Lewis. Also reporting to Mr. Lewis will be William L. Pollak, executive vice president, sales, and James A. Cutie, senior vice president, marketing.
 "The management transition that is being completed at The Times today was started last year," Mr. Lewis said. "The moves that were made earlier have given us a superlative sales and marketing team in Bill and Jim. I look forward to working with them more closely in the days ahead."
 Commenting on the changes made today, Mr. Sulzberger Jr. said: "The Times will be facing many challenges and opportunities in the years ahead. Whether the issue is diversifying our staff, or expanding our strong journalistic and financial base, or finding new ways of operating in the future, I know Russ and his talented team of executives will succeed in adapting this institution to meet the changing needs of our readers, our advertisers and our staff."
 Mr. Lewis was appointed an executive vice president of The Times in January 1992, after serving as senior vice president and deputy general manager since August 1991. Before that he had been senior vice president for production, since April 1988.
 Mr. Lewis previously had been appointed to various positions at The Times including: senior vice president of circulation, in November 1984; vice president of circulation, in January 1983; assistant director of consumer marketing, in January 1982; and circulation sales director, in May 1981.
 Mr. Lewis first joined The Times in 1966, as a copy boy. He became a news clerk, then a news assistant, and won a Publisher's Award for a story he wrote about a New York City postal strike. He earned a J.D. degree at Brooklyn Law School while working at The Times as a law clerk, and then was a litigation associate for four years with the New York City law firm of Cahill, Gordon and Reindel. He returned to The Times in 1977 as a staff attorney in the company's legal department and worked on litigation matters involving free press issues.
 In 1989 and 1990, Mr. Lewis served as president of the New York State Publishers Association.
 Mr. O'Brien was appointed an executive vice president and deputy general manager of The Times in January 1992 after serving as senior vice president and deputy general manager since August 1991. Before that he was senior vice president for finance and human resources, since April 1988.
 Mr. O'Brien was named a vice president in January 1980. Earlier, he had served in various positions at The Times including: controller, since December 1978; assistant controller, from March 1971 to December 1978; controller of the Microfilming Corporation of America, a former affiliate of the Times Company, from 1969 to 1971; and assistant manager of general accounting at The Times, from 1966 to 1969. He joined The Times in 1960.
 Mrs. Messineo was appointed vice president and controller at The Times in January 1992. Prior to that she had been controller, since April 1989. In addition, she was named executive group director in January 1991.
 Other positions she held at The Times include: manager of financial reporting, manager of financial planning, and general accountant. She joined The Times in May 1980 as a staff accountant. Before that, she was a staff accountant at Deloitte Haskins & Sells, now Deloitte & Touche.
 Mrs. Abernathy became business manager of The Times's 1,000-member news department in June 1989. Previously, she had been a corporate planning manager since joining the Times Company in 1986 after earning an M.B.A. degree from Columbia University in 1985.
 Prior to coming to The Times, Mrs. Abernathy was an editor with The Dallas Times Herald, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer and The Wichita Eagle-Beacon.
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