NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE) – The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) announced today that it has named Jason Sobel as Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Sobel, 40, will report directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Meredith Kopit Levien. He will lead the technology division when he joins The Times on August 23, 2021.
“Jason is a talented technical director with nearly 20 years of experience solving high-level technical challenges at Airbnb and Facebook. That background, along with his deep interest in the Times ‘mission and track record of attracting and developing top talent, make him the ideal leader to lead The Times’ rapidly growing engineering team, ”said Ms. Kopit Levien. “Technology is central to our journalistic and business ambitions and a key driver of our subscription growth. In Jason we have found the ideal leader and executive partner who will lead us on the next stage of our technological journey. ”
Jason Sobel said, “The New York Times is the leading innovator in the journalism business. The combination of high quality reporting and editing with amazing technology that enables people to find and experience their journalism on a large scale is at the core of their success. The future of journalism requires both a strong technology platform and world-class consumer applications. It is an honor for me to do this work with such a talented group of colleagues. ”
Previously, Mr. Sobel was Head of Infrastructure at Airbnb from April 2019 to March 2021. From April 2016 to April 2019, he was Engineering Director and Global Head of Trust and Safety Operations at Airbnb, leading the team that developed the technology Airbnb uses to combat fraud that protects hosts and guests.
As an experienced technology leader, Mr. Sobel was Vice President of Engineering at Quantifind from September 2013 to November 2015. Before that, he worked for Facebook for six years, where he worked on the backend platform to steer the company through a massive growth phase.
Mr. Sobel earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science from Brown University.
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