By: M.L. Stein Will take new job with Times Mirror after announcement that he is being 'successfully treated' for Parkinson's disease sp.
RICHARD SCHLOSBERG III has been named publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, replacing David Laventhol, who resigned for health reasons. The announcement by Rob-ert Erburu, chairman and CEO of Times Mirror Co., said La-venthol will move into a new position as editor-at-large of the parent company. The changes become effective Jan. 1. Laventhol, 60, who was reported as being "successfully treated" for Parkinson's disease, also is stepping down as president of Times Mirror but is expected to remain active in the company in his new role. Schlosberg, who will be the Times' seventh publisher, joined Times Mirror in 1983 as publisher and CEO of the Denver Post, then owned by the company. He was president of the Times from 1988 to 1990 and later served as Times Mirror group vice president, newspapers. He was appointed a senior vice president earlier this year. "Dave asked for the change for health reasons," Erburu said. "In his 23 years with the company, he has been a major contributor to the successful growth of Times Mirror. In his new role, we will continue to benefit from his skill and experience." Schlosberg also has been named an executive vice president of Times Mirror along with Curtis Hessler+- in a senior management reorganization that will take place in January, Erburu said. Schlosberg will continue to have overall responsibility for the company's other newspapers and magazines. Hessler, currently a senior vice president, will supervise the company's cable television and professional publishing groups as well as continue to have responsibility for the corporate staff. Both Schlosberg and Hessler will report to Erburu. Laventhol, Times publisher since September 1989, in a memo thanked staff members for their contribution to what he termed the paper's achievements in the past four years. Among them, he said, were its coverage of the Los Angeles riots; global coverage, including the Persian Gulf War; and "beating the competition" in Orange County, the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County in the north. Laventhol, who began his career at the St. Petersburg Times, served as city editor of the New York Herald Tribune and assistant managing editor of the Washington Post before going to Times Mirror-owned Newsday as associate editor. He subsequently was promoted to editor, publisher and CEO. He has been chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Board and currently is chairman of the International Press Institute. Senior vice president Donald Wright will replace Schlosberg as group executive for Times Mirror's Eastern newspapers and magazines. He will report to Schlosberg. Wright joined Times Mirror as executive vice president and general manager of Newsday in 1977. He was promoted to president and chief operating officer in 1978. He moved to the Times in 1982 as president and chief operating officer before taking a Times Mirror corporate post in 1987. ? (David Laventhol) [Photo]