Mark Thompson became president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company in November 2012. He is responsible for leading the Company’s strategy, operations and business units, and working closely with the chairman to direct the vision of the company.
Before joining the Times Company, Mr. Thompson served as Director-General of the BBC since 2004, where he reshaped the company to meet the challenge of the digital age, ensuring that it remained a leading innovator with the launch of services such as the BBC iPlayer. He also oversaw a transformation of the BBC itself, driving productivity and efficiency through the introduction of new technologies and bold organizational redesign.
He led the successful launch jointly with ITV of Freesat, as well as the BBC’s involvement in YouView, a joint venture with ITV, Channel 4, Arqiva, TalkTalk, and Five, offering subscription-free digital TV and the UK’s leading video on-demand services.
Mr. Thompson joined the BBC in 1979 as a production trainee. He helped launch Watchdog and Breakfast Time, was an output editor on Newsnight, and was appointed editor of the Nine O’Clock News in 1988 and of Panorama in 1990.
He became controller (programming and scheduling chief) for the TV network BBC2 and Director of Television for the BBC before leaving the BBC in 2002 to become CEO of Channel 4 Television Corporation in the United Kingdom.
He was educated at Merton College at Oxford University