Ricky Mathews, who guided The Times-Picayune and nola.com through three waves of layoffs and reduced the paper’s home delivery schedule to three days a week, is stepping down as president of NOLA Media Group and The Times-Picayune, but will continue in his separate position as president of a company tied to the newspaper’s New York-based owner, Advance Publications.
Nola.com said Thursday that Mathews will help search for a new president of NOLA Media Group. Mathews was tapped as president when NOLA Media Group was formed in 2012 to absorb The Times-Picayune as it embraced a digital-first strategy and abandoned daily home delivery.
Mathews will continue serving as president of Advance Media Southeast. The firm was created last year to oversee production of Advance’s media properties in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. As a result of the move, The Times-Picayune laid off its press operators and began printing in Mobile, Alabama, this month.