Susan Lyne Named President and CEO of Martha Stewart Living
Posted on November 29, 2004Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. has announced that Susan Lyne, an experienced television, film and publishing executive, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. She succeeds Sharon Patrick who has informed the board of her wish to resign as President and CEO.
Ms. Lyne, who has served as a director of MSO since June 2004, has had a 25-year career in creative and business positions in the television, publishing and film industries. Her background ranges from creating and launching a major national magazine, overseeing development and production of celebrated television movies and miniseries, to her most recent position as President of ABC Entertainment in charge of the network's primetime entertainment programming.
Ms. Lyne joined Disney/ABC in January 1996 as Executive Vice President, Acquisitions, Development and New Business for Walt Disney Pictures and Television, where she established the studio's East Coast Office. In March 1998, she joined ABC, where she was responsible for the network's movies and miniseries.
Ms. Lyne also spent 15 years in the magazine publishing industry. After creating and launching Premiere Magazine for News Corp. in 1987, she served for eight years as editor-in-chief and publication director. From 1978 to 1982, Ms. Lyne was managing editor of The Village Voice.
"I'm proud to lead MSO during this next phase of the Company's growth," said Ms. Lyne. "The Company's foundation is remarkably strong, with a consumer base that is unusually loyal. It attests to the enduring appeal of the Martha Stewart brand and the exceptional people who bring it to life. We will continue to create new 'how to' content and deliver what our loyal audiences expect from us. We believe we can be the place to go for information about the home across all media platforms."