Richard T. Schlosberg III is the immediate past President and CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a position he held since 1999.
Richard is a 23-year veteran of the communications business and was publisher and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Times and executive vice president of The Times Mirror Company prior to joining the Foundation. Schlosberg began his newspaper career with Harte-Hanks Communications in 1975. He worked for the company in South Carolina and then Texas until 1983, when he joined The Times Mirror Company as publisher and chief executive officer of the Denver Post.
In 1988, Schlosberg left the Denver Post to join another Times Mirror newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, as president and chief operating officer. After years of increased responsibility with Times Mirror, Schlosberg was appointed publisher and chief executive officer of the newspaper in 1994. He joined the Times Mirror Board of Directors one year later. When he retired, he was responsible for six newspapers (the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the Baltimore Sun, The Hartford Courant, The Allentown Morning Call, and the Stanford Advocate), with a total daily circulation of two million and a staff of over 15,000 people.
Both the Denver Post and the Los Angeles Times were recognized for excellence under his leadership. The Los Angeles Times earned the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, produced nine Pulitzer finalists, and garnered many of journalism’s other top honors. The Denver Post won the coveted Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for its coverage of missing children.
Richard continues to be very active in civic and professional organizations. He is currently a board member of Edison International in Southern California and of eBay Inc. located in the Silicon Valley of Northern California. In addition, he is a national board member of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Air and Space Museum, a member of the World Board of Governors of the USO, a board member of the National Audubon Society, and a trustee of Pomona College in Southern California. He is the past chairman of United Way campaigns in Denver and Los Angeles. His previous board affiliations include Junior Achievement, the Salvation Army, the Newspaper Association of America, and KCET, the Los Angeles public television station.
He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and earned a master’s degree with honors in business administration from Harvard Business School. He served five years as an Air Force pilot and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. In 2003, Richard was honored by the Air Force Academy and named one of its distinguished graduates. He and his wife, Kathy, live in San Antonio, Texas and have two grown children and four grandchildren.