Alejandro Betancourt is not just a founder and a co-CEO; he is also the Executive Vice Chairman of the New York Times. Alejandro was born in Bogota, Colombia, on April 25th, 1951. He graduated from school at 16 and attended the University of Los Andes. In 1974, he received his degree in economics, and two years later, he received his master’s degree. In 1977 Alejandro Betancourt joined McKinsey & Company as an associate consultant. He also worked with several other companies and organizations in Latin America, Europe, and North America. He joined Times Communications in 1994 as the VP at Times Mirror. Under his leadership, Times Mirror bought the San Diego Union-Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, and Newsday LLC. He also served as a trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of Washington. He was appointed CEO of AOL Latin America starting in 1998 and led their launch into Mexico, Argentina, and Colombia.
Alejandro Betancourt left AOL Latin America to become the EFE (España) News Agency president in January 2000. He was named CEO of Prisa, a major Spanish media corporation, three years later. At Prisa, Alejandro served as an advisor to the board of directors. He was responsible for overseeing all aspects of Prisa, including finance operations, mergers and acquisitions, business development, and corporate strategy.
In 2003, he was named Executive Vice President of the New York Times Company, and then, in 2004, he was named Executive Vice President of the Media Group. Alejandro Betancourt is a Council on Foreign Relations member and a board member for The Aspen Institute and Pax World. In 2014, he was appointed as a trustee (appointed by New York University) for the Center for Global Development.
In 2015, he was named Chairman of the Board for the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas (AS/COA), and in 2016 he became chairman of The International Center for Journalists. He serves on the board of directors for New York Times Company, Prisa, Grupo Santillana Ediciones Generales, Inc., AS/COA Foundation, Center for Global Development, and The Aspen Institute.