In making the announcements, Mr. Nisenholtz said: "We are excited about Vivian's leadership of the NYTimes.com team. Her distinguished past is testament to the quality of her work, and we are confident that her solid multi-platform background will bring new insight and continuous improvement to our site. We are equally pleased to recognize Jason's contributions to our digital strategy and operations. Together, Vivian and Jason will be a dynamic force and our newly redesigned site will be even greater under their leadership."
Ms. Schiller joined the Times Company in 2002 as senior vice president and general manager for the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture network with Discovery Communications, Inc. In 2005, she was named senior vice president, Television and Video for The New York Times and also executive vice president and general manager for the Discovery Times Channel.
After launching the Discovery Times Channel, Ms. Schiller led the network to early profitability and critical acclaim. During her tenure, distribution grew from 14 million households to more than 39 million. The Discovery Times Channel also received numerous awards including three Emmys, two Overseas Press Club Awards and three National Headliner Awards.
Before joining the Times Company, Ms. Schiller worked for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. as executive vice president for CNN Productions. In this position, she led the CNN Newsgroup's long-form programming efforts, including the development and launch of People in the News (with People magazine) and CNN Presents. During her tenure with CNN, Ms. Schiller received numerous awards, including five Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Schiller served as vice president and general manager of Turner Original Productions where she managed the documentary division of the Turner Entertainment Networks. In addition, she was senior producer for Turner's first-ever Oscar nominated program, Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, among other Peabody- and Emmy-winning productions. She began her career at Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. in 1988 as a Russian interpreter and production coordinator on projects in the former Soviet Union.
Ms. Schiller earned her master's degree in Russian from Middlebury College in 1984 and her bachelor's degree in Russian and Soviet Studies from Cornell University in 1983.
Jason Rapp, 36, has been vice president for strategy and operations at NYTimes.com since 2005. Previously, he served as executive director, corporate planning at The New York Times Company since 2004. Before joining the Company in 1999, he was a vice president at Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery. From 1994 to 1995, he was a political aide in the White House, serving as a staff assistant for judicial selection in the Office of Counsel to the President.
Mr. Rapp received an M.B.A. degree with distinction from Columbia University in 1999. He received a B.A. degree in political science from Duke University in 1991.
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