NPR Names Interim CEO, Offers Voluntary Buyouts

9:36 AM PST 09/13/2013 by Erik Hayden
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The media organization said that it would look to cut staffing levels by 10 percent in order to reduce a deficit.

After the departure of Gary Knell last month, NPR has found its interim CEO as the organization plans to reduce staffing levels. 

Paul G. Haaga Jr., who's served on the NPR board since 2011, was named acting president and CEO, the media organization announced on Friday. He will start Sept. 30. 

"Paul has made many valuable contributions to NPR during his tenure on the board," said Kit Jensen, chair of the NPR's board of directors, in a statement. "His intimate knowledge of our organization, his unwavering commitment to the highest quality of journalism and programming, and his financial acumen make him particularly well-suited to lead NPR as we begin our search for a permanent chief executive."

Haaga has previously served as a senior attorney for the SEC and as the chair of NPR's finance committee.

A search committee has been appointed to look for a permanent replacement for Knell, who served for nearly two years before taking a job as president and CEO of the National Geographic Society in August. 

NPR, which says that it is operating with a $6.1 million cash deficit, also stated that in order to balance its budget over two years it will offer a "buyout plan broadly across the organization that seeks to reduce staffing levels by approximately 10 percent."

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