‘Chicago Tribune’ Ups Hunter, Youngman To Senior VPs

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By: E&P Staff

Tony Hunter, who had been vice president/operations at the Chicago Tribune, was named senior vice president/circulation and operations, the newspaper announced Tuesday.

The Tribune also promoted Owen Youngman to senior vice president. Youngman, who has been vice president of development since 2000, was named senior vice president/strategy and development.

“Tony and Owen are both extremely talented executives with great Tribune experience,” Scott Smith, president and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, and Tribune Publishing president, said in a statement. “With these increased responsibilities, they will play key roles in advancing our initiatives to improve and grow how we serve Chicagoland.”

As vice president/operations, Hunter led the installation of two major equipment purchases to increase color printing capacity and preprint advertising targeting. He joined Chicago Tribune in 1994 and has held a several management positions in circulation, including director/consumer sales and service. Prior to joining the newspaper, Hunter worked for the Audit Bureau of Circulations from 1984 to 1994, serving as director, field auditing/newspapers.

As senior vice president/strategy and development, Owen Youngman will add the RedEye edition to his responsibilities. He will continue to oversee Chicago Tribune’s other businesses — Chicago Tribune Interactive, Chicagoland Publishing, Hoy and CLTV, the 24-hour cable news channel — along with strategic planning and community relations.

In his previous position, Youngman was responsible for the launch of RedEye, the acquisition of Chicago magazine, as well as the growth of Chicago Tribune’s interactive and targeted publication businesses.

Youngman began his career at the Tribune in 1971 as a copy boy on the weekend night shift. Between 1979 and 1995, he held a variety of editorial management positions, including associate managing editor/financial news and managing editor/features.

Youngman served as the newspaper’s first director of interactive media from 1995 to 1999, creating and launching a number of Web sites including chicagotribune.com and metromix.com.

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