Austin Beutner is a civic leader and former Wall Street investment banker, as well as former publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times. Beutner, 54, who served as first deputy mayor of Los Angeles for more than a year and briefly explored a run for mayor himself, succeeded Eddy W. Hartenstein as the Times publisher.
Beutner described himself as “a news junkie” who has read the L.A. Times regularly since he moved to Southern California in 2000. He is a New York native who grew up in Michigan, the son of a schoolteacher and a manufacturing engineer. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1982 with a degree in economics and went to work as a financial analyst for Smith Barney. He later joined the Blackstone Group in New York, one of the world’s largest private equity firms, and at 29 became its youngest partner.