SF Bay Area news company names new leader

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Bay Area News Group on Monday named veteran newspaper executive Sharon Ryan as the new president and publisher of the group's 11 daily newspapers, including the Contra Costa Times, the Oakland Tribune and the San Jose Mercury News.

Ryan replaces Steve Rossi, who was recently named chief operating officer of Digital First Media, the news group's New York-based parent company that operates 75 daily newspapers across the U.S. and hundreds of multi-platform products reaching 67 million people in 18 states.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/1g0e7O7 ) that Ryan will continue to serve as chief financial officer of California Newspapers Partnership, which is operated by Digital First Media.

Ryan has held executive positions at the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press and the San Luis Obispo Tribune. She began her newspaper career at the Chicago Tribune.

She lives in San Jose with her husband Randy and two children, according to the Mercury News.

"We have an amazingly talented team here in the Bay Area," she said in a statement. "I look forward to partnering with them in serving our customers."

Rossi said in a statement that Ryan "has a proven record of leadership" as a senior member of the Bay Area News Group. "I look forward to seeing the Bay Area Group flourish under her leadership," he said.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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