I’m very pleased to announce that Vivian Toy is being promoted to senior editor, leading Culture and Careers.
In this new role, Vivian will significantly expand her portfolio, bringing her formidable journalistic and leadership skills to the fore. She will lead the team responsible for hiring, training and finding new opportunities for internal newsroom and Opinion employees. In addition, she will serve as the main newsroom leader overseeing our systems for performance and compensation. And she will continue to serve as an adviser to leadership and to many of you around the room.
This is a natural next step for Vivian, who has distinguished herself as a key player in Culture and Careers, a start-up team dedicated to ensuring that The Times is the best place to work in journalism. In addition to serving as the key leader in helping me realize the mission of the team, Vivian will work closely with the rest of the newsroom and Opinion leadership, including Elise Baron and Jon Galinsky in steering staffing, career development, and compensation processes and initiatives.
She has served since 2021 as the newsroom’s first head of internal mobility, helping employees navigate the newsroom, guiding our performance evaluation process and working with teams across the company to move forward initiatives that help us grow. Vivian has met with hundreds of people in the newsroom to talk about their futures, launched newsroom-specific onboarding for new hires, and run training sessions for managers to help create a culture of feedback, becoming widely known for her supportive and candid advice.
“Vivian has been a terrific partner in helping our desk manage all the challenges it faces as our people move and build careers around the world,” said Phil Pan. “I think she also just gives great advice, because she knows the newsroom so well, and understands that people are the key to unlocking how we evolve for the future.”
Vivian’s new role allows her to bring her extensive journalistic experience to bear. She first came to The Times as a Metro reporter covering City Hall and asking questions that then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani frequently didn’t want to answer. She then joined Real Estate, where she wrote about the full range of New York apartments, from 250-square-foot studios to $100 million penthouses. She eventually became Real Estate editor, and while tracking the rise and fall of the real estate market through multiple cycles, she helped grow our real estate online readership exponentially. Her section chronicled the birth of Billionaires’ Row in New York City, the foibles of the pencil-thin supertall buildings that have transformed the Manhattan skyline and turned The Hunt column into an interactive game.
Please congratulate Vivian on her new role.
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