N.Y. ‘Daily News’ Taps Kramer As CEO

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By: Joe Strupp

After losing Chief Operating Officer Les Goodstein to the cross-town rival New York Post just days ago, the Daily News of New York has grabbed a new chief executive officer from another competitor, The New York Times.

Marc Z. Kramer, described in a Daily News release as “one of the city’s youngest and most highly respected newspaper executives,” will join the tabloid after seven years at the Times, where he worked most recently as senior vice president of circulation.

Kramer, 50, had previously worked at the Daily News from 1993 to 1998, when he was vice president and general counsel for labor relations and labor strategies.

“I am delighted that Marc will be leading the management team at the Daily News,” Daily News Chairman and Publisher Mortimer B. Zuckerman said in a statement. “We’ve had many conversations about the future of news and he brings to this position a comprehensive knowledge of all the key elements of the newspaper business, including the technological changes needed in the 21st century.”

Kramer praised his new employer, saying “This is a wonderful opportunity to lead a first-class team at one of the best-known newspapers in the world. I have nothing but admiration for Mr. Zuckerman’s commitment to the title, and it will be a real honor to help move the business to the next level.”

Prior to joining the Daily News in 1993, Kramer was a labor associate at Proskauer Rose LLP, the paper said. From 1985 to 1990, he was deputy general counsel and later the general counsel at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations. Kramer began his law career as a staff attorney in the labor department of the New York City Board of Education. From 1991 to 1996, he served as an adjunct professor of labor law at New York University.

Kramer received a B.A. degree in history from the State University at Albany in 1977 and a J.D. degree from New York Law School in 1980.

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