LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2005 - The Los Angeles Times has named veteran newspaper circulation executive Jack D. Klunder as its new senior vice president, circulation, effective April 11. Klunder will be responsible for all aspects of circulation sales and distribution for The Times.
Klunder brings to his new position some 25 years of experience in every phase of circulation operations and management. He comes to The Times from the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, where he worked for the past five years as senior vice president, circulation for the group of eight Southern California suburban newspapers. His background also includes 20 years in The Times' circulation department, where he was the director of circulation from 1988 to 1996. During those years The Times first became the largest metropolitan daily in the country and reached its all-time highs in both daily and Sunday circulation. He started with The Times in 1976 as a single copy driver/inserter, and between then and 1988 he held various staff and management positions in the circulation department.
"Jack is a proven circulation executive who knows this market and all aspects of newspaper circulation extremely well," said Jeff Johnson, executive vice president and general manager, who will become president, publisher and chief executive officer of The Times on June 1. "He also has a keen understanding of The Times' unique place in the Southern California media landscape. This is a potent combination of skills and experience to lead our circulation growth efforts."
"I grew up with The Times, so I can't tell you how excited I am about this opportunity," Klunder said. "The Times is Southern California's premium news and advertising medium, and I look forward to working with the many talented people in circulation and the rest of the organization."
Klunder's background also includes being a founding partner of Equant Marketing Group, LLC, and director of sales and marketing for Financial Management Control of Arizona, Inc. In addition to attending the UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Program, Klunder studied business management at Pepperdine University.
Klunder will report to incoming Times Executive Vice President and General Manager David P. Murphy.
The Los Angeles Times, a Tribune Publishing company, is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country and the winner of 37 Pulitzer Prizes, including two this year. 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.