NPR Names Haaga As Acting President/CEO, Announces Buyouts
September 13, 2013
NPR's Board of Directors has appointed Paul Haaga Jr. as Acting President/CEO, effective September 30. Haaga is Vice Chairman of NPR's Board. Gary Knell announced in August that he would be stepping down as NPR President/CEO to join National Geographic as its President/CEO.
A statement from NPR says that "Paul will work closely with members of the board and the senior management team to guide the organization as we search for a permanent chief executive. Gary Knell will remain close to NPR over the coming months and will serve as an advisor to Paul through Dec. 31."
Meanwhile, NPR also announced today that it will soon offer "a voluntary buyout plan across the organization that reduces staffing levels by approximately 10 percent." The currently has 840 full and part-time employees. The buyout plan is part of NPR's attempt to balance its budget.