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Name and title: Kenneth A. Richieri, vice president and general counsel Age: 55 All the news: The New York Times Co.’s crown jewel, of course, is the New York Times, which is the largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States, with a circulation of 1.1 million. Other properties include the Boston Globe; the Worcester, Mass., Telegram & Gazette; the International Herald Tribune; and 15 other newspapers. Paper mills in the United States and Canada, along with television and radio stations, Web sites and wire and photo services, round out the company’s holdings. Founded in 1851 as the New-York Daily Times, the company’s flagship is widely considered the United States’ newspaper of record. The Times has been awarded 94 Pulitzer Prizes, the most in the business. The company is run by Chairman and Publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. With headquarters in New York City, the Times has nearly 12,000 employees and reported 2006 revenues of approximately $3.3 billion. Daily duties: No day is typical for Richieri, “which goes with the turf these days. As the general counsel role has evolved in a public company, you almost have to be a generalist,” he said. The job has become more complex, due in part to increased U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) oversight, changes in copyright law and “the curve balls that the Web throws.” Intellectual property and litigation, particularly involving the First Amendment, are recurring issues. Free speech issues should involve a balancing test, in Richieri’s view, but the government’s emphasis on national security is “getting more respect from the courts, putting pressure on the First Amendment side of things.” Richieri’s normal duties involve the workings of the corporation, specifically pertaining to the board of directors and regulatory filings. He referred to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act as “shorthand for the rise in standards and rigor that accompany filings . . . more parameters, effort, checking.” Richieri focuses on resolving larger corporate issues, such as acquisitions, divestitures and other deals. In such matters he might not serve as primary counsel, he said, but must master the key issues and help his team make the appropriate decisions. Guiding the business and legal units through the legal implications of new initiatives, particularly those related to the Web, is a critical function. Increasingly, Richieri finds that he “absolutely” needs to keep abreast of foreign laws. That’s because the International Herald Tribune and work involving the Internet have put foreign jurisdictions more into play. “The Web has no borders,” Richieri said, and a lot of its use is generated from abroad. In other business, real estate work is “episodic at a very large level,” he said, and the legal department has helped orchestrate the “incredibly complex transaction” entailed in the company’s plans to move four blocks away this spring into new headquarters in a 52-story tower designed by architect Renzo Piano. (The Times has occupied its current landmark location since 1913.) Extraordinary cases: Times reporter Judith Miller spent 85 days in a federal prison in 2005 for refusing to reveal her sources (among them, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, aide to Vice President Richard B. Cheney) to the grand jury investigating the leak of Valerie Plame’s status as a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency covert operative. The newspaper’s legal team had litigated for more than a year to protect Miller’s confidential sources. Efforts are now under way in Congress to enact a federal shield law akin to the state laws that protect reporters under similar circumstances. The Jayson Blair affair, involving a Times reporter who perpetrated widespread acts of journalistic fraud, created another legal maelstrom. Blair and two of the newspaper’s top editors resigned in its wake. Richieri was heavily involved in several class actions spawned by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in New York Times Co. v. Tasini, 533 U.S. 483 (June 25, 2001), a dispute that centered around the rights of freelance authors in regard to electronic publication of their work. He helped negotiate a settlement now pending before the 2d U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Richieri scored what he called a “very satisfying win” at the beginning of 2007 in the Eastern District of Virginia. The newspaper won a summary judgment ruling squelching a libel suit that had been filed by anthrax poisoning “person of interest” Steven Hatfill against it and columnist Nicholas Kristof. The legal department recently has choreographed a joint venture with Monster.com involving help-wanted advertising. It is in the post-signing and preclosing phase of selling the Times Co.’s broadcast group and television holdings, pending SEC approval. Legal team and outside counsel: Ten attorneys, besides Richieri, compose the Times‘ legal arm. “Well over the majority” of the legal load is handled in-house, Richieri said. Two firms get the bulk of the outside work. Proskauer Rose of New York has “an ongoing commitment” to tackle labor matters (the Times and the Globe, like most metropolitan newspapers, are heavily unionized). Morgan, Lewis & Bockius gets corporate work not performed inside. Richieri retains counsel for major matters, with some of his colleagues handling the rest. He reports to Chief Executive Officer Janet Robinson. Route to present position: Richieri launched his career as an associate at New York law firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel, where he served from 1976 through 1982. In 1983 he joined The New York Times Co. as legal counsel, handling forest products investments. He was promoted to senior counsel in 1989 and assistant general counsel in 1993, with a focus on electronic publishing, intellectual property and business issues. Richieri was the firm’s deputy general counsel from 2001 until 2005, when he became a vice president. In January 2006 he became general counsel. Personal: The Times’ GC is a native of Jersey City, N.J. He and his wife, Kathryn Obler, are the parents of daughters Julia, 13, and Camille, 11, and son Peter, 9. He said he reads a lot, and “still runs.” Richieri received an A.B. degree in political science from Brown University in 1973 and a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1976. Last book and movie: The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History, by John M. Barry, and Infamous.

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