Levinsohn was also named chief executive officer, while Jim Kirk, former publisher and editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, was appointed interim editor while the newspaper seeks a new editor-in-chief, the company said Monday in a statement.
The Times, like other newspapers, has struggled to compete in the digital age and has been reducing staff for years. The newspaper's coverage of its tumult Monday described "flagging morale after years of management changes on top of huge shifts in consumer behavior that have roiled the entire newspaper industry."
The two replace Davan Maharaj, a 28-year company veteran who served as both editor and publisher. The company also ousted a handful of other senior editors, including Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Levinsohn's "long-standing ties to Southern California and passion for news, coupled with his deep experience in technology and media, make him uniquely qualified to accelerate our growth across the entire company," said Justin Dearborn, Tronc's CEO, said in the statement.