Meredith Kopit Levien
Meredith Kopit Levien
1971 (age 49–50)
|Education||University of Virginia (BA)|
|Known for||Chief executive officer of The New York Times|
Early life and educationEdit
Levien was born Meredith Kopit and raised in metropolitan Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of Carole and Marvin Kopit. She has one sister, Barbara. She graduated from the University of Virginia where she majored in rhetoric and worked at the college newspaper, The Cavalier Daily.
After school, she worked at The Advisory Board Company, a think tank founded by David G. Bradley and then for the digital agency i33/AppNet. After Bradley bought Atlantic Media (publisher of The Atlantic magazine), he recruited her in 2003 as an ad director. In 2006, Levien became the first publisher of Atlantic Media's magazine 02138.
In April 2008, she joined Forbes Media where she ran the Forbes Life Magazine. Levien focused on the digital side of the magazine which helped in stemming losses. In 2010, C.E.O. Tim Forbes appointed her group publisher. She implemented programmatic buying (where the purchase of advertisements is done through online media) and Brandvoice, which allows advertisers to create their own content under the Forbes logo. This new method of advertising, denominated as native advertising, has been criticized for blurring the line between editorial and advertising. In 2012, she was named chief revenue officer at Forbes Media.
In July 2013, she was appointed head of advertising at The New York Times Company by C.E.O. Mark Thompson. Levien was brought in to help to stem the decline in advertising revenues (which had declined from a peak of $1.3 billion in 2000 to $667 million in 2013). She refocused The New York Times toward digital content and sales, hiring 80 new employees with internet skills and offered severance packages to 40 long-serving employees. She introduced native advertising under the name "Paid Posts" to increase advertising revenue; clients include Netflix, Chevron, Dell, MetLife.
In April 2015, she was elevated to chief revenue officer of The New York Times, responsible for all advertising and subscription revenue. She hired former Pinterest executive David Rubin to be The Times' head of brand. Levien oversaw the development of the Times' first brand marketing since 2010, which began with the "Truth is Hard" campaign. Levien changed the company's ad sales strategy from display ads to nontraditional, longer-term advertising partnerships. In June 2017, she was promoted to chief operating officer of the New York Times. In this role, Levien managed "the teams responsible for digital product, design, audience and brand, and consumer revenue and advertising". Under her stewardship, the Times' reported record subscription growth. She has described the company's business model as "make something worth paying for", and changed the model into a direct-to-consumer business. Levien has said the company's digital products should be "as addictive and unrivaled as the journalism itself", and has spoken out in defense of local news, saying "quality, original, independent journalism at the local level is... foundational to community, to society, and ultimately to democracy". In July 2020, Levien was named president and chief executive of The New York Times Company, effective from September 8, 2020. She will also join the New York Times Company's board.
Levien was a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute in 2016. In 2017, she was named one of the "50 most innovative CMOs in the world" by Business Insider. Levien was included in Adweek's 2018 list of "50 Indispensable Media, Marketing and Tech Players" and 2019 "Publishing Hot List", in which she was named Executive of the Year.
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Through the Samsung deal and others with the likes of General Electric Co. and BMW AG, the 47-year-old executive is upending the Times century-old ad sales strategy, shifting away from one-off ad placements of the low-six-figure variety, in favor of more elaborate and lucrative deals that resemble corporate partnerships.
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