Katharine Weymouth, 41, has been named CEO of Washington Post Media, a new unit of The Washington Post Company, which will include The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com. Her promotion means she becomes the fifth member of the Graham family to hold that title.
Weymouth, who will also serve as publisher of The Washington Post, is the great-granddaughter of Eugene Meyer, who bought The Washington Post in 1933, granddaughter of Katharine and Philip L Graham, and daughter of Lally Weymouth, special correspondent for Newsweek magazine.
"Katharine is ready for this," said Donald E Graham, chairman and CEO of The Washington Post Company. "She is Kay Graham's granddaughter, but that is not why she's getting this job. She's had a rare combination of big jobs at both the newspaper and the digital company. In all those jobs, she has shown herself to be smart, decisive, modest and a great manager of people."
Weymouth has been vice president of advertising for The Washington Post since January 2005. She joined the newspaper in 1996 as assistant counsel. After two years she moved to Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive (WPNI), the online publishing subsidiary of The Washington Post Company, as associate counsel. In 2000, Weymouth returned to the newspaper, where she served as the advertising department's liaison between The Washington Post and WPNI. She became director of the advertising department's jobs unit in 2002 and was named director of advertising sales in April 2004.
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