Consumer Reports Appoints Two New Members to Board of Directors

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Executives from The New York Times Company and The Center for Investigative Reporting Join the Board of Leading Consumer Organization

Consumer Reports Two New Board Members

They each bring an unwavering commitment to quality journalism that will help guide our organization as we build a consumer movement and empower people to create a more fair and just society. - Diane Archer, Board Chair

Consumer Reports, the largest and most trusted consumer organization in the world, has named two new members to its Board of Directors.

R. Anthony Benten, senior vice president of finance and corporate controller at The New York Times Company, and Joaquin Alvarado, CEO for The Center for Investigative Reporting, were appointed to the Consumer Reports Board of Directors effective January 22, 2015.

“I am thrilled to welcome Tony and Joaquin to our Board. They each bring an unwavering commitment to quality journalism that will help guide our organization as we build a consumer movement and empower people to create a more fair and just society,” said Diane Archer, Board Chair.

Mr. Benten brings with him decades of experience in leading financial strategy for diverse organizations in a time of digital transformation.

“Tony’s understanding of what it takes to run a complex multimedia organization in today’s competitive environment will help to keep Consumer Reports smart, strong and focused,” continued Ms. Archer.

Mr. Benten has been at The New York Times Company since 1989, serving in various roles including Treasurer and Director, Finance and Pension Investments. He also worked at Deloitte & Touche and was formerly a Board member and Treasurer of Worldwide Orphans Foundation.

“I’ve been reading Consumer Reports avidly for more than 30 years,” Mr. Benten said. “CR is a trusted, independent voice for a fair and safe marketplace. I am excited to be working with management and the rest of the esteemed Board of Directors to help CR achieve its strategic vision and provide innovative new products to its growing audience.”

Joaquin Alvarado has a deep passion for public service journalism. The Center for Investigative Reporting, like Consumer Reports, seeks to empower the public with groundbreaking stories that spark action, improve lives and strengthen our democracy.

“Joaquin leads an organization that has kept journalism relevant in the digital age, reporting stories that expose wrongdoing by those at the highest echelons of power,” continued Ms. Archer.

Mr. Alvarado has been with The Center for Investigative Reporting since 2012, serving in various roles before becoming CEO in 2014. Before joining CIR, he served as senior vice president for digital innovation at American Public Media and founding senior vice president for diversity and innovation at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Mr. Alvarado is the founder of CoCo Studios, which developed media collaboration and game technologies for fiber and mobile networks, and the founding director of the Institute for Next Generation Internet, which launched in 2005 from San Francisco State University.

“The rights of citizens and consumers in democracy are based on access to factual and unbiased information,” Mr. Alvarado said. “The work of Consumer Reports to educate, inform, and engage communities on critical issues that impact their lives is exceptional and uniquely American. I am proud to join the CR Board and contribute in any way I can to the success of the entire organization in serving our audiences and communities.”

Marta Tellado, the recently appointed President and CEO of Consumer Reports, added that “Tony and Joaquin share a passion for serving the public interest and a deep commitment to pursuing a more transparent, fair and competitive marketplace that meets and reflects the needs of all consumers.”

About Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports is the world’s largest and most trusted nonprofit, consumer organization driving marketplace change to improve the lives and amplify the voices of consumers. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has achieved substantial gains for consumers on food and product safety, financial reform, health and other issues. The organization has advanced important policies to cut hospital-acquired infections, prohibit predatory lending practices and combat dangerous toxins in food. Consumer Reports' independent testing and rating of thousands of products and services is made possible by its member-supported 50 plus labs, state-of-the-art auto test center and consumer research center. Consumers Union, a division of Consumer Reports, works for pro-consumer laws and regulations in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace. With more than eight million subscribers to its flagship magazine, website and other publications Consumer Reports accepts no advertising, payment or other support from the companies whose products it evaluates.

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