LOS ANGELES, April 1, 2005 David P. Murphy will become Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Los Angeles Times, effective June 1. He will be responsible for advertising, circulation, consumer marketing, operations and technology.
Murphy succeeds Jeffrey M. Johnson, Times Executive Vice President and General Manager, who will become President, Publisher and CEO of The Times on June 1.
"Dave is an exceptional newspaper executive and a great addition to our senior management team," said Johnson. "During his 28 years at Tribune Company, he has demonstrated a proven ability to drive results through strong teams and great customer solutions. More recently, he was instrumental in building Tribune's national advertising sales network. Dave has worked closely with the Times advertising group for many years and we're delighted that he's joining the paper."
"This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I look forward to my new role as the Los Angeles Times aggressively grows its business," said Murphy. "Many talented people in all parts of the organization play an important role in providing the newspaper's quality content and advertiser value each day. Together, we will continue that commitment to readers and advertisers in Southern California."
Most recently, Murphy, 51, has been President of Tribune Media Net and Vice President of Advertising for Tribune Publishing Company since 2000. From 1999 to 2000, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Chicago Tribune, with overall responsibility for marketing and sales to both consumers and advertisers.
Previously, Murphy served as Chicago Tribune Vice President of Consumer Marketing and Sales from 1996 to 1999. In that position, he oversaw the development and execution of consumer marketing strategies for the newspaper. He was Director of Advertising Sales from 1995 to 1996, with responsibility for all major advertising divisions of the newspaper.
Murphy joined the Chicago Tribune in 1977 and held various positions, including retail advertising director, retail and automotive division manager and display telemarketing manager. He received the 1993 Tribune Management Award for leading the team that created Tribune Company's first multi-million dollar, cross-media advertising package for a leading national retailer.
Murphy earned a bachelor's degree in advertising from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He attended Northwestern University's Kellogg Advanced Executive Program in 1994 and Harvard Business School's Strategic Marketing Management Program in 1998.
The Los Angeles Times, a Tribune Publishing company, is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country and the winner of 35 Pulitzer Prizes, including five in 2004 the second-largest yearly total in the history of the awards. The Times publishes five daily regional editions including the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Orange and Ventura counties, the San Fernando Valley, and an Inland Empire edition covering Riverside and San Bernardino counties as well as a National edition. Additional information about The Times is available at www.latimes.com/mediacenter.