Mark Thompson became President and Chief Executive Officer of The New York Times Company in November, 2012. Since that time, he has directed the Company’s strategy and presided over an expansion of its digital and global operations. Previously, Mr. Thompson served as Director-General of the BBC, where he reshaped the organization to meet the challenge of the digital age, ensuring that it remained a leading innovator with the launch of services like the BBC iPlayer. Mr.Thompson joined the BBC in 1979. He left for two years in 2002 to become Chief Executive Officer of Channel 4 Television in the UK before returning in 2004 as Director-General.