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 having 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; majority ownership of global ratings agency Fitch Group; Hearst Health, a group of medical information and services businesses; 30 television stations such as WCVB in Boston and KCRA in Sacramento; newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, and Albany Times Union; more than 300 magazines around the world, including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and Car & Driver; digital services businesses, such as iCrossing and KUBRA; and investments in emerging digital and video companies, such as Verizon Hearst Media Partners, Complex, BuzzFeed, VICE, and AwesomenessTV.
Swartz, 55, 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 2 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 a member of the board of directors of ESPN and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where he is also chairman of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund and co-chairman of the Lincoln Center Business Advisory Council. He is a trustee of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, vice chairman of the Partnership for New York City, and a member of the Business Roundtable.