Tribune Publishing, a division of Tribune Company (NYSE:TRB), today named Timothy (Tim) Ryan as president, publisher and chief executive officer of The Baltimore Sun Company, succeeding Rondra Matthews who is stepping down for personal reasons. Ryan served as vice president/circulation and operations at The Sun from July 2000 to February 2005, and since then has been vice president/circulation and consumer marketing at the Chicago Tribune. He will assume his new duties March 23.
“Tim will be outstanding in succeeding Ronnie,” said Bob Gremillion, Tribune Publishing group vice president. “He has extensive experience at major market newspapers, serving in positions of increasing responsibility in circulation and marketing — including five years in management at The Sun. He knows Baltimore well and understands what readers and advertisers expect from the region’s best-read newspaper.”
The Sun is the area’s leading provider of local news, information and entertainment through a variety of print and online products, including baltimoresun.com and a growing and prosperous family of community newspapers.
Ryan was named vice president/circulation and consumer marketing for the Chicago Tribune in March 2005. He was responsible for sales, marketing and distribution to Chicago Tribune subscribers and retail customers throughout Chicago and the Midwest. Ryan’s management responsibilities also included oversight of RedEye, the rapidly growing young adult oriented edition of the Tribune. He worked as vice president of circulation at The Philadelphia Inquirer from June 1993 to June 2000.
“I am excited about returning to Baltimore and the opportunity to help shape the future of The Sun,” said Ryan. “This is a great company with a long tradition of success. I am confident we can build on that tradition and meet the evolving needs of readers and advertisers.”
Ryan started his career at the Chicago Tribune in 1982, serving in a variety of circulation management positions. A native of Rochester, N.Y., Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Matthews explained her decision to step down in an e-mail to Sun employees: “I admire greatly the rich tradition of The Sun’s service to this community, and the talent of the staff who dedicate themselves to quality journalism and serving our readers and advertisers with passion and excellence,” said Matthews. “I have been conflicted by the demands of this job and my desire to be attentive to an aging parent. I have decided to return to Virginia to spend more time with my mother and other family members. Tim Ryan is a great choice to succeed me and build on the momentum we’ve established during the last six months.”