Russell T. Lewis The New York Times 3-year return: 130% Age: 51 CEO since: 1997
Lewis made major strides last year toward reinventing the Times as a national newspaper. Along with chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr., whose family still owns a controlling interest, Lewis coordinated a $1 billion plan that, among other things, introduced color. The two also transformed the paper into a six-section daily, opened printing plants in Washington, D.C., and Boston to improve northeastern distribution, and pushed the national edition into dozens of new markets. Revenue grew 2.5 percent to almost $3 billion.
True story: While on active duty as a National Guardsman delivering U.S. mail during a postal strike, he secretly gathered information for a Times story. Narrowly avoided court-martial but won a National Publishers award.
Management Style: "I'm more interested in making sure we have the right people in the right places than in telling people what to do."
管理风格：“我最关心的是我们是否有适合的人选处在适合的位子上，而不是不断地告诉人们应该做些什么。” Strength: Getting people with different styles, ideas, and backgrounds to cooperate.
Weakness: Untested in standing up to the Sulzberger family during crisis or recession.
Habits: Out the door by 6:15 a.m. Prefers face-to-face meetings to E-mail or phone calls.
Other interests: Fitness, running. Says he's a lousy golfer, but loves the game. Corporate goals.
Increasing circulation by a quarter of a million copies daily and by 300,000 on Sunday in ten years. Opening four new printing-plant sites and increasing the number of registered users on the Times Web site from 6.2 million to 9 million by year's end.