Former Los Angeles Times publisher David Hiller has been appointed president and chief executive of Chicago's McCormick Foundation, which has been the charitable arm of the Tribune Company. Hiller worked at Tribune for 20 years, including as publisher of the Chicago Tribune. He was publisher of the LAT for 21 months, stepping down in July 2008 after a meeting with Sam Zell. The Times and Tribune played it as a straight resignation, but Hiller earned my new admiration (and a spot in the LA Observed quipster hall of fame) for telling the staff: "When I told my mother that Sam wanted to see me this morning, she said 'do you think he wants to make you CEO of the whole company?'"
Hiller finds life after LAT
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