03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hedge Funder Battling With NYT Over Board Seats

A hedge fund manager who acquired a stake in the New York Times Co (NYSE:NYT) mpany and is pushing to gain seats on its board sent a letter to the company on Sunday in which he criticised directors as "ineffective" and called for it to shed more non-core assets.

Scott Galloway, founder of Firebrand Capital, who sent the letter, has joined with another hedge fund, Harbinger, to try to put forward their own nominees for the four independent seats on the media company's 13-member board at its meeting in April. The funds have amassed a combined 4.9 per cent stake in Times' shares.

Mr Galloway, writing to Arthur Sulzberger, the Times' chairman, and Janet Robinson, its chief executive, said the funds were pursuing the effort "in a spirit of co-operation" and insisted that he was not trying to repeal the dual-class share structure that has preserved the Sulzberger family's control of the company.

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