Real Estate Investor Zach Protzko Seeks to Turn Around the New York Times, Hoping for CEO Position to Create Positive Change

Top Quote Mooresville, North Carolina entrepreneur and real estate investor Zach Protzko seeks to fill New York Times Chief Executive Officer position; hoping to effect positive change. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 10, 2012 - Mooresville, North Carolina entrepreneur and real estate investor Zach Protzko seeks to fill the vacuum left behind by former New York Times Chief Executive Officer Janet Robinson. His mission is to become the next New York Times CEO and change what some call a troubled corporation.

    Protzko was born in New York and is known by friends and colleagues as the person who "makes things better." Protzko sees the open CEO position as an opportunity for a fresh, unknown face to step in and take the Times where it needs to be.

    Protzko has submitted his resume to Spencer Stuart, the executive-recruiting firm the Times hired to conduct the search for its new CEO. He says if he gains the opportunity to work for the company, he will hit the ground running with a set agenda. The agenda includes transitioning the Times to no longer relying on digital/print subscriptions, increasing revenue streams and production of branded content. He says if he is given the chance to effect change on a short-term basis then he would focus on increasing and personalizing user interaction, increasing advertisement, making proper use of the Social Media Network, as well as removing the existing paywall instead offering free online article viewing with registration.

    "The NY Times is in a sticky situation. With the CEO and Senior VP of Digital Operations departing last year, Times Co. stock prices have been steadily declining and their revenues are temporarily balanced on a precarious teeter-totter," says Protzko.

    "However, the NY Times is in the perfect position to do something different, something creative, and something new that will put them out and keep them at the forefront of digital news and circulation."

    "People do not want to pay for the news and these days do not have to. Digital media and online branding have been an avocation of mine since the mid-90s. The Times may be struggling at the moment but they do have a healthy future, and as a part of their new online strategy development team I am certain I can help lead them," adds Protzko.

    In 2008, Protzko worked in research and development at Uber Precision Manufacturing, an advanced manufacturing company. While there he identified and resolved the company's information technology and networking inadequacies as well as their management short falls. Within 5 months from being hired, he was named Director of Information Technology and soon after established an Information Security Department.

    Under Protzko's leadership, the company implemented policies to control the flow of company/client information within the company, led the implementation of monitoring and controlling the flow of information over the network - including email and shared files, as well as transitioned to 100% virtual productivity. He was later promoted to Vice President of Operations.

    Protzko established a non-profit organization called The POINT Foundation (Preserving Our Industry Now for Tomorrow). POINT's mission is to help preserve and rebuild the manufacturing industrial base in the United States.

    Protzko currently works with KW Commercial as a part of the team specializing in industrial commercial leasing, brokerage and investment sales. He also belongs to the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of REALTORS® (CRCBR). Protzko resides in Mooresville, North Carolina with his wife and child.

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