Los Angeles Times Names Two Advertising Sales Executives to Strengthen Target Marketing Operations

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28, 2005 – The Los Angeles Times announced today the appointment of Gregg Dittoe as managing director, preprint advertising and Scott Pompe as vice president and general manager of Times Direct, a direct mail operation of the Los Angeles Times.

Dittoe will be responsible for The Times' major preprint and Local Community Values preprint sales and operations, reporting to Todd Brownrout, senior vice president, advertising.

Pompe will be responsible for Times Direct. He will report to Lou Tazioli, president and general manager of Tribune Direct, with a dotted reporting line to David P. Murphy, Times' executive vice president and general manager.

"Gregg has a deep knowledge of the shared mail business and its customers," said Brownrout. "Gregg's leadership and proven experience will enable us to increase our ability to meet customer needs and win the shared mail business in this very competitive marketplace," said Brownrout.

"Scott is uniquely qualified to lead the Times Direct team with a background in both the direct mail and newspaper industries," said Tazioli. "We expect great results from Scott as we continue building our direct business in the important Los Angeles market."

Dittoe, 52, is a senior advertising executive with more than 25 years of experience. He most recently was a consultant to Touchpoint, Inc., an online direct marketing company, and Scripps Howard Newspapers. From 2000 to 2002, he was vice president, national sales for MailSouth, Inc., an independent provider of shared mail services.

Dittoe spent 14 years with ADVO, first as vice president, national accounts marketing and, from 1996-2000, as vice president of the ADVO National Network Extension, where he was responsible for creating and building that division into a major network of rural and secondary shared mail markets throughout the U.S. Before joining ADVO in 1986, he was vice president and general manager for Harte-Hanks Communications.

He earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and a master's in business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Pompe, 39, previously was vice president, business development for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he was responsible for three strategic business units that expanded the company's products into online, shared mail, solo mail and database services. Before joining the Journal Sentinel in 1996, he was a senior account executive for ADVO and a database manager for Sundance Broadcasting.

He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Pompe serves as president of the NTMC, an association of major market newspapers that produce shared and/or solo mail services.

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, for the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Orange County, Ventura County, the San Fernando Valley, and the Inland Empire of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, as well as a National edition. Additional information about The Times is available at

David Garcia