(AP) Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, a longtime publisher of The New York Times, is retiring from the company’s board along with two other directors, the company announced Thursday.
Sulzberger, who goes by the name “Punch,” served as publisher from 1963 to 1992 and was the company’s chairman and chief executive from 1973 to 1997, when his son Arthur Sulzberger Jr. became chairman. Russell T. Lewis became chief executive in 1997.
Sulzberger, who is 76, spent his entire professional career with The New York Times except for one year, 1953-1954, when he worked for The Milwaukee Journal.
“My father, Punch Sulzberger, has served The New York Times Co. brilliantly for 50 years and we are extraordinarily grateful for his vision, leadership, and wisdom,” Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said in a statement.
Two other board members also are retiring, Robert A. Lawrence, 75, and Charles H. Price II, who is 70. The company is nominating Cathy J. Sulzberger, a partner in the LHIW Real Estate Development Partnership, to be elected to the board, leaving the two other seats vacant.
Cathy J. Sulzberger, who served as a director of The Chattanooga Times from 1996 to 1999, is the daughter of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, the sister of Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and the cousin of Michael Golden, vice chairman of the company.