David Landsberg, who as president and publisher guided the Miami Herald Media Company through a historic recession and the tumultuous digital transformation of the news industry, is leaving to head Goodwill Industries of South Florida.
A search is underway for his successor.
“I actually feel better about the future of the Miami Herald Media Company today than at any point over the past 7 1/2 years,” said Landsberg, 51. “We’re on solid financial footing, we’ve got a terrific new workplace that really suits a modern media company and an outstanding staff that’s completely dedicated, capable and will continue to forge ahead.”
A Miami native, Landsberg started at the Miami Herald 30 years ago, a fresh graduate from the University of Florida. He was hired as a staff accountant and at the time, he planned to stay only a few years.
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Instead, he spent his entire career at the Herald. He occupied every key financial role at the company — CFO, vice president of advertising, and general manager — before being named president and publisher in 2006. In his role, he was responsible for the news and business operations of the company, which publishes the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.
Most recently, Landsberg led the company’s move from downtown Miami to new headquarters in Doral after the $236 million sale of the Miami Herald’s bayside property. The new $40 million headquarters include a state-of-the art modern newsroom and a newly constructed production plant.
The move to Goodwill as president and CEO is a natural career progression, Landsberg said. As a member of the board for 18 years, he said he is deeply committed to its social justice mission. The nonprofit helps people with disabilities overcome barriers to employment with training, rehabilitation, work experience and placement services.
The Miami Herald Media Company also has a business relationship with Goodwill, which handles the insertion of advertising packets for both newspapers.
Landsberg replaces Dennis Pastrana, who is retiring after 50 years at Goodwill.
“The organization has helped tens of thousands of people with disabilities gain greater independence through employment and I am eager to help grow Goodwill’s capacity to serve more people throughout South Florida,” Landsberg said.