That's slightly higher than average, according to a report this month in Harvard Business Review. "The CEO’s average span of control, measured by the number of direct reports, has doubled, rising from about five in the mid-1980s to almost 10 in the mid-2000s,'' write authors Gary Neilson and Julie Wulf.
Martore, named CEO in October, isn't unusual among new top bosses, according to the authors: "New CEOs in particular are taking on a broader array of responsibilities as they seek a comprehensive understanding of the business and as new technologies allow them to reach more people more directly. But over time -- once they attain a steady state -- they gradually reduce their span of control until the number of reports approaches the old norm."
Martore's direct reports:
- Susie Ellwood of USA Today, who was made de facto interim publisher on Tuesday
- Dave Hunke, newly named USAT chairman
- Bob Dickey, president of the U.S. newspaper division
- Maryam Banikarim, chief marketing officer
- William Behan, head of labor relations
- Paul Davidson, CEO of the U.K. Newsquest newspaper division
- Roxanne Horning, head of human resources
- Dave Lougee, president of the broadcasting division
- Todd Mayman, chief counsel and head of the Law Department
- David Payne, chief digital officer
- Paul Saleh, chief financial officer
- (possibly -- unless he reports to Payne) Jack Williams, president of Gannett Digital Ventures