Brownrout had served as senior vice president, sales and marketing for Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc. since 1999.
"Todd is a seasoned advertising veteran with considerable experience in all aspects of advertising and marketing," said Johnson. "He brings tremendous experience and talents in leading our sales and marketing team."
"I'm very proud to join a newspaper as distinguished as the Los Angeles Times," said Brownrout. "I look forward to working with The Times' advertising staff to provide advertisers with great customer service and advertising solutions that help grow their business."
At Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc., a Knight-Ridder company, Brownrout oversaw advertising and marketing for its two daily newspapers, The Philadelphia (Pa.) Inquirer and The Philadelphia (Pa.) Daily News, and also was responsible for operations at its community newspapers and magazines. He earlier served as vice president of advertising and director of retail advertising.
Before joining Philadelphia Newspapers in 1994, he spent almost four years at the Post-Tribune in Gary, Ind., serving first as advertising director and then as vice president of sales and marketing. From 1990-1991, he was advertising director at the Boca Raton (Fla.) News. He joined the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader in 1988 as a management trainee and, one year later, was named assistant to the advertising director. Prior to that, he was an account executive at Syracuse Newspapers in New York.
A native of New York, Brownrout earned a B.A. degree in English from Hobart College in Geneva, NY, and an M.B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
He currently is a member of the board of directors of the Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia.
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