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Los Angeles Times publisher to take on new role

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Los Angeles Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein will take on a new role at the parent company of the iconic Southern California newspaper.

Hartenstein will leave his position as publisher and become the non-executive chairman of Tribune Publishing's board of directors. Currently, the Los Angeles Times operates under its corporate parent Tribune Co., which plans to spin off its daily newspapers into its own separate business, Tribune Publishing. 

Tribune also said that Jack Griffin, who has been an advisor to Tribune, will become Tribune Publishing's CEO starting on April 14. 

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“This is an experienced leadership team, all of whom have the necessary vision and expertise to lead Tribune Publishing into its next chapter,” said Tribune Co.'s CEO Peter Liguori. “With Eddy and Jack in place, I am confident that Tribune Publishing will continue to prosper far into the future and provide the quality journalism that has been the hallmark of its newspaper brands and digital services.”

Hartenstein has been the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, as well as president and CEO of the Los Angeles Times Media Group since 2008. He said in a press release he looks forward to "the opportunity to focus more on the strategic aspects of the publishing company and its transition to a stand-alone business." 

Tribune Co. said it has begun a search for a new publisher at the Los Angeles Times.

Below are staff memos sent out this morning from Hartenstein and Liguori.

I am pleased to share the news of several key publishing appointments which will be announced shortly.  Eddy Hartenstein, who has served as the highly-respected leader of the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Times Media Group since 2008, and later as Tribune Company CEO, has decided to take on a new role and will become Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Tribune Publishing following its separation from Tribune Company. 

Jack Griffin, a veteran media executive who has overseen some of the country’s top publishing brands, will become Chief Executive Officer of Tribune Publishing Company beginning April 14 and following the spin. For those of you who do not know Jack, the work he has done to revitalize and transform major publishing brands into digitally enabled, diversified media and marketing businesses is well established.  We are extremely fortunate he will now apply his expertise to growing Tribune Publishing. Finally, we are also announcing today that John Bode will continue as Chief Financial Officer for Tribune Publishing Company following the spin.

We are grateful for Eddy’s strong, creative and unflappable leadership of The Times and the countless contributions he has made to Tribune Publishing.  We are in the process of seeking the next publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Tony Hunter, who has provided great leadership in overseeing the Chicago Tribune Media Group (CTMG) and six of our other publishing businesses since mid-2011, will continue as President and CEO of CTMG and as Publisher of Chicago Tribune. 

Attached is the press release detailing these changes; it will be issued momentarily.



Colleagues –

As I have said before – and it bears repeating – it is an honor and a privilege to sit at the helm of the Los Angeles Times. Working alongside each and every one of you through our triumphs and challenges since I arrived here at Spring Street in 2008 has been a career highlight for me.

I am very much looking forward to helping shape Tribune Publishing’s next chapter and know you’ll join me in welcoming Jack Griffin to our team. I believe strongly in a prosperous future for us all.



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