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Times publisher and CEO Austin Beutner announced to the building this morning that Nancy Sullivan will leave at the end of the month. She was the spokesperson during a long chunk of the Tribune years. Tough job for anyone. As I've observed before, her cutting me off from even routine announcements didn't serve the Times particularly well. She or her staff email various media reporters when they want to plant releases and stories about new hires and other interesting positive stuff (and some spin, of course.) More often than not, LA Observed (and LA Observed readers) are the only ones that are interested anyway. It's not rocket science.
Anyway, here's Beutner's email to the staff and Sullivan's a minute later, based on the time stamps.
From: Beutner, Austin M
Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:30 AM
Subject: Leadership Transition
Nancy Sullivan is stepping down from her position leading The Times Public Relations and Community Affairs efforts. She’ll be leaving us on February 27.
Nancy plans to pursue several new personal and professional adventures. I want to thank Nancy for her guidance and commitment during her more than eight years with the company. Please join me in wishing her much success in her future endeavors.
We will be engaging a search for Nancy’s successor. Renata Simril will serve in the role until we appoint new leadership.
Publisher and CEO
Los Angeles Times
From: Sullivan, Nancy
Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:31 AM
Subject: RE: Leadership Transition
This is a special place and I take enormous pride in having been part of the Los Angeles Times.
It's been an exciting ride since day one, worth every late night, early morning and interrupted weekend. The constant has been change and I'm ready to embrace even more.
I treasure the generous, resourceful, smart and talented friends and colleagues who have made my time on Spring Street unforgettable.