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Dealmaker diaries: MaryAnne Gilmartin wins the Times

TRD looks back at some of the defining moments in the careers of industry giants

January 19, 2015 12:11PM
By Adam Piore

The New York Times building at 620 Eighth Avenue and MaryAnne Gilmartin

The New York Times building at 620 Eighth Avenue and MaryAnne Gilmartin

(From the archives): Forest City was considered the least likely of five finalists to win the job — until Gilmartin led a presentation that “blew everyone away at the Times,” Tighe said.

Not only did she have a “complete understanding of the site” and the complexities surrounding the interplay between the public and private players, she also brought a dramatic flair: Halfway through the presentation of facts and figures, the door burst open and an actor dressed as an old-fashioned newsboy burst in, waving an old New York Times and shouting headlines.

“In someone else’s hands, it might have been hokey,” Tighe said. “But with her, it sent a message: ‘Come with us, we will not only be a success, but we will have fun along the way.’ I remember everyone being surprised and laughing. … They came in underdogs and walked out the clear standout.”

To read the full story from the March 2013 issue, click on “MaryAnne’s Moment.” 

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