Arthur Sulzberger to introduce 'New York Times' top editor Jill Abramson to Davos set with big dinner
2:43 pm Jan. 24, 2012
"Helicopter from Munich to @Davos landed 100km away because of snow," Arianna Huffington tweeted today as she arrived in the snowcapped mountains of Switzerland for the World Economic Forum, that international conference about international things for international types. "In a car on the way to Davos now. #FirstWorldProblems."
It's the sort of vanity check-in to eclipse all vanity check-ins (like the ones you get from the Sundance Film Festival or South By Southwest).
"If Davos can dig itself out from under eight feet of snow, maybe the #WEF can do the same for a gloomy global economy," tweeted Tina Brown of Newsweek and The Daily Beast as she made her way there.
Business Insider's Henry Blodget already has a slideshow up documenting his arrival.
But silent in the social networks on her trip to the confab so far is New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson. (In fact, her most recent tweet, back in December, announced her trip to Iowa for the caucuses, which hardly rates.)
Linda Zebian, a spokesperson for the Times Company, confirmed that Abramson, who's been in the top Times masthead slot since September, "is indeed attending Davos this year for the first time."
Her predecessor, Bill Keller, never attended the conference.
"I'm just not that into conferences, but I know a lot of people find them useful," he said.
Keller wasn't sure whether his predecessor, Howell Raines, had ever gone, but pointed out that Times journalists often do.
This year, the crew includes Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristoff and Andrew Ross Sorkin, Zebian confirmed.
Abramson will be joined by publisher Arthur Sulzberger, who's long been a fixture on the Davos circuit.
And more: Sulzberger is hosting a dinner tomorrow on Abramson's behalf, Zebian said, and Abramson will lead "a panel of women leaders" in a discussion on Thursday.
Zebian declined to offer any further details since "both are private events," but said "no news will be made" at the dinner and that Abramson's panel would be hosted by PriceWaterhouseCooper International.
Well, news is seldom made at dinners or panel discussions except for who showed up and what they said.
Brown's people were much more forthcoming.
"She is co-hosting an event tomorrow night with Abby Disney, Ellen Kullman, Sheryl Sandberg and Pamela Thomas Graham," said a spokesperson who is out there with her. "It is a dinner in association with Credit Suisse to honor 2011 Nobel Peace Prize [recipient] and author of Beast Books' Mighty be Our Powers, Leymah Gbowee."
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