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After seven years as CEO, Janet Robinson will become a highly-compensated consultant for the company in 2012 as publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. becomes acting CEO while the Times searches for her successor. Peter Kafka reports Robinson will earn $4.5 million next year.

In the Times story about the 61-year-old's retirement, Amy Chozick writes,

"The company, which is anchored by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The International Herald Tribune, could look to the technology sector for a new chief executive as its businesses shift to online formats."

Robinson's departure follows the resignation of Martin Nisenholtz, who announced his retirement (at age 56) last month. Like Nisenholtz, Robinson was instrumental in the news organization's transition to paid digital content. Also leaving his leadership post this year was Bill Keller, who went from editor to columnist for the paper. In her newsroom speech accepting Keller's post, Jill Abramson credited Janet Robinson for being a wonderful role model and friend. NBC News Chief Digital Officer Vivian Schiller expressed similar sentiments about Robinson, with whom she worked when she was general manager of Schiller tweeted: