Boisfeuillet Jones, Jr., Named Vice Chairman of The Washington Post CompanyWASHINGTON, Feb 07, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Katharine Weymouth has been named chief executive officer of
Washington Post Media, a new unit of The Washington Post Company,
which will include The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com.
Weymouth will also serve as publisher of The Washington Post; she
becomes the fifth member of the Graham family to hold that title. The
appointment was announced today by Donald E. Graham, chairman and
chief executive officer of The Washington Post Company.
Weymouth, 41, will report to Graham. Stephen P. Hills, Washington
Post president and general manager; Leonard Downie, Jr., Post
executive editor; and Caroline Little, chief executive officer and
publisher of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, will report to
Weymouth has been vice president of advertising for The Washington
Post since January 2005. She joined the newspaper in 1996 as assistant
counsel. After two years she moved to Washingtonpost.Newsweek
Interactive (WPNI), the online publishing subsidiary of The Washington
Post Company, as associate counsel. In 2000, Weymouth returned to the
newspaper, where she served as the advertising department's liaison
between The Post and WPNI. She became director of the advertising
department's jobs unit in 2002 and was named director of advertising
sales in April 2004.
Weymouth earned a BA magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1988
and a JD from Stanford Law School in 1992. Following law school, she
clerked on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for one year.
She practiced law at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC, from
She is a great-granddaughter of Eugene Meyer, who bought The
Washington Post in 1933; a granddaughter of Katharine and Philip L.
Graham; and a daughter of Lally Weymouth, special correspondent for
"Katharine is ready for this," Graham said. "She is Kay Graham's
granddaughter, but that is not why she's getting this job. She's had a
rare combination of big jobs at both the newspaper and the digital
company. In all those jobs, she has shown herself to be smart,
decisive, modest and a great manager of people."
Graham also announced today the appointment of Boisfeuillet Jones,
Jr., as vice chairman of The Washington Post Company. In addition,
Jones succeeds Graham as chairman of The Post newspaper. Jones has
been publisher of The Washington Post since September 2000.
"Bo has been a superb publisher of The Post," Graham said,
"guiding the paper through the challenges of the last seven years with
intelligence and unfailing judgment, always focused as keenly on the
paper's journalistic mission and role in the community as on its
As vice chairman of The Washington Post Company, Jones's primary
attention will shift from the newspaper to the strategic opportunities
and challenges facing the company as a whole. "Bo and I worked side by
side at the newspaper for 20 years, when I was publisher and he was my
principal counselor," Graham said. "I look forward to getting him here
to work with me in the corporate office."
In addition to his new corporate responsibilities, Jones will
remain actively involved in discussions about the newspaper and its
future in his capacity as chairman of The Post newspaper.
Jones announced today that a Voluntary Retirement Incentive
Program will be offered in March to some employees of The Washington
Post newspaper in light of the current economic environment and to
assure the future strength of the business. Jones also said that the
newspaper will close its College Park, MD, printing plant in early
2010, after two presses are moved to The Post's Springfield, VA,
Jones joined The Post in 1980 as vice president and counsel. In
1995, he became president and general manager, assuming responsibility
for the business side of the newspaper. He succeeded Donald Graham as
publisher and chief executive officer of The Post in 2000. Jones is a
director of the Associated Press and the Newspaper Association of
America, where he was chairman during 2006-2007.
Prior to joining the newspaper, Jones was an attorney with Hill &
Barlow in Boston, MA, from 1975 to 1980, and was law clerk for the
Honorable Levin H. Campbell, US Court of Appeals for the First
Circuit, from 1974 to 1975. Jones received an AB in 1968 from Harvard
College, where he was president of The Harvard Crimson. He attended
Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and received a DPhil in Modern
History. He received his law degree in 1974 from Harvard Law School,
where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
About The Washington Post Company (www.washpostco.com):
The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO) is a diversified education
and media company whose principal operations include educational and
career services, newspaper and magazine publishing, television
broadcasting, cable television systems and electronic information
services. The Company owns The Washington Post;
Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive (WPNI), the online publishing
subsidiary whose flagship products include washingtonpost.com,
Newsweek.com, Slate, BudgetTravel.com, Sprig.com and The Root.com;
Express; El Tiempo Latino; The Gazette and Southern Maryland
Newspapers; The Herald (Everett, WA); Newsweek magazine; Post-Newsweek
Stations (Detroit, Houston, Miami, Orlando, San Antonio and
Jacksonville); Cable ONE, serving subscribers in midwestern, western
and southern states; and CourseAdvisor, an online lead generation
The Company also owns Kaplan, Inc., a leading global provider of
educational services to individuals, schools and businesses, serving
over one million students with operations in more than 30 countries.
Its international programs include higher education, test preparation,
language instruction and professional training.
The Company has ownership interests in the Los Angeles
Times-Washington Post News Service and Bowater Mersey Paper Company.
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