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Former DirecTV Exec is Tribune’s New President and CEO

May 6, 2011  •  Post A Comment

UPDATED May 9, 2011 at 7:30 AM to reflect DirecTV connection.

Tribune Company announced Friday, May 6, 2011, that it has appointed a new president and CEO, effective immediately. The job is being taken by Eddy Hartenstein, who has been co-president of Tribune since October.

Hartenstein has also been publisher and CEO of Los Angeles Times Communications, LLC, since August 2008. He will continue to hold those positions, with assistance from Kathy Thomson, who was appointed to the newly created position of president and chief operating officer of the Times.

Under his new title, Hartenstein will oversee all of the company’s operations.

According to his official Tribune biography, "In 1990, Hartenstein was named president of the new Hughes-owned subsidiary to develop direct-to-home satellite TV service. Hartenstein organized the new business, assembled the executive team and transformed a mere concept into DirecTV, one of the most successful new product launches in consumer electronics history.

"Under Hartenstein’s direction, DirecTV paved the way for digital television to be provided to millions of consumers worldwide without connection to a cable system. His vision and leadership resulted in a new outlet for broadcasting services, and provided a foundation for the launch of many new channels and programming choices for the public. He also led the regulatory push to allow local broadcast stations to be rebroadcast into local markets over DBS. He served as DirecTV chairman and CEO from 2001 to 2004."

Tribune also announced that the four-member Executive Council, which has exercised the responsibilities of the Office of the Chief Executive and President since October 2010, has been dissolved.

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