published on March 17, 2017 - 3:37 AM
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McClatchy today announced the promotion of four of its publishers to newly created regional positions supervising its 30 local media companies.

Gary Wortel, currently the publisher at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, will become president and publisher of The Sacramento Bee and lead the new West region, which includes The Fresno Bee, The Merced Sun-Star, The Modesto Bee and The (San Luis Obispo) Tribune.

Taking charge in the other three regions are Alexandra Villoch (East region), Sara Glines (Carolinas region), and Tony Berg (Midwest region).

The move is the latest in a series of realignments that have also regionalized or centralized McClatchy’s audience, production, human resources and finance divisions, streamlining the company’s print operations and refocusing resources on accelerating the company’s digital transformation.

In this new structure, local market publishers and general managers will report to the four regionals publishers.

“Our new regional publishing structure sharpens our ability to move faster on both a local and national level, and underscores our desire to work differently to accelerate the pace of our digital transition,” Craig Forman, McClatchy’s president and CEO, said in a statement.

“This is an important advance in our overall strategic transformation and heightens our ability to serve our audience and customer in more effective and efficient ways.”

The four regional publishers will assume their duties on April 3.

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