[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

Joichi Ito and Brian McAndrews have been elected to the board of The New York Times Company.

Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. (Chairman and CEO, The New York Times Company and publisher, The New York Times): Joi Ito and Brian McAndrews bring deep digital experience to the board of the Times Company, which will be invaluable as we continue our digital transformation.

Since September 2011, Mr. Ito, 46, has been the director of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is board chairman and former CEO of Creative Commons, and is also the founder and current CEO of Neoteny, and general manager of Neoteny Labs. In Japan, Mr. Ito was a co-founder of Digital Garage, an information technology company, and helped establish, and later became CEO of, the country’s first commercial Internet service provider. He was an early investor in companies like Flickr, Kickstarter and Twitter. Mr. Ito serves on the boards of Culture Convenience Club, Tucows and Digital Garage, and previously served on the board of Pia Corporation. He also serves on the boards of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Knight Foundation.

Mr. McAndrews, 53, is a venture partner with Madrona Venture Group. Previously he was senior vice president, advertiser and publisher solutions at Microsoft from August 2007 to December 2008. He joined Microsoft after serving as president and CEO of aQuantive, which Microsoft acquired in 2007. From 1990 to 1999, Mr. McAndrews held positions of increasing responsibility at ABC, leaving as executive vice president and general manager, ABC Sports. Mr. McAndrews serves on the boards of Clearwire and Fisher Communications,  and previously served on the boards of aQuantive and Blue Nile. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University in 1980 and an M.B.A. from Stanford University in 1984.