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About.com CEO to step down

After nearly three years at the site, Chief Executive Scott Meyer is leaving the company and its parent, The New York Times.

UPDATE 5 p.m. PST with company confirmation


About.com Chief Executive Scott Meyer is leaving the company after almost three years at the site and almost eight years at parent company The New York Times Co., the company confirmed on Wednesday.

Meyer's last day will be March 6, after which he will take some time off, he told according PaidContent.org.

A spokeswoman for The New York Times confirmed the report and said the company would be looking for a new About.com chief executive from within and outside the company.

In a memo to staff, Meyer wrote that Martin Nisenholtz, senior vice president of digital operations for The New York Times, will take over for now.

"After discussions with Martin, we've agreed that I'll be stepping down from my position as president & CEO of the About Group and leaving the Times Company," the memo says. "I am incredibly proud of all that we have accomplished together as a team at About. The About Group is in a very strong position. I will miss not being a part of About's future, but I'm confident that the Group's best days are ahead."