Full Name
Steven R. Swartz
Job Title
President & Chief Executive Officer
Company
Hearst
Speaker Bio
Steven R. Swartz became president and chief executive officer
of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified media,
information and services companies, on June 1, 2013, having
worked for the company for more than 20 years and served as
its chief operating officer since 2011.
Hearst’s major interests include ownership in cable television
networks such as A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime and ESPN; global
financial services leader Fitch Group; Hearst Health, a group of
medical information and services businesses; transportation
assets including CAMP Systems International, a major provider
of software-as-a-service solutions for managing maintenance of jets and helicopters; 33 television stations such as
WCVB-TV in Boston, Massachusetts, and KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California, which reach a combined 19 percent of
U.S. viewers; newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle and Albany Times Union, more
than 300 magazines around the world including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Men’s Health and Car and Driver; digital
services businesses such as iCrossing and KUBRA; and investments in emerging digital entertainment companies
such as Complex Networks.
Swartz, 57, is a member of the Hearst board of directors, a trustee of the Hearst Family Trust and a director of the
Hearst Foundations.
He was president of Hearst Newspapers from 2009 to 2011 and executive vice president from 2001 to 2008. From
1995 to 2000, Swartz was president and chief executive of SmartMoney, a magazine venture launched by Hearst
and The Wall Street Journal in 1991 with Swartz as founding editor. Under his leadership, SmartMoney magazine
won two National Magazine Awards and was Advertising Age’s Magazine of the Year.
Swartz began his career in 1984 as a reporter with The Wall Street Journal after graduating from Harvard. He
served as an editor on the Journal’s Page One staff from 1989 to 1991.
Swartz is chairman of the Associated Press and co-chairman of the Partnership for New York City. He is a vice
chairman of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where he also chairs the budget and finance committee. He is
chairman of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund and also co-chair of the nominating and governance committee of
the Lincoln Center board. He is a member of the board of directors of ESPN and is a member of the Business
Roundtable.
Steven R. Swartz