Knight Ridder Digital Names Schneider President

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Knight Ridder wasted no time in naming a replacement for Dan Finnigan, who left the helm of the chain’s Web sites abruptly last week. The San Jose, Calif.-based media company today named Hilary A. Schneider as president and CEO of Knight Ridder Digital and as a Knight Ridder vice president, effective April 29.

Currently the CEO of Red Herring Communications in San Francisco, Schneider is no stranger to newspaper new-media operations. She was president and CEO of Times Mirror Interactive in Baltimore from 1999 to 2000, and she spent seven years at The Sun in Baltimore, where she held various management, sales, and business development posts.

In making the appointment, Knight Ridder Chairman and CEO Tony Ridder cited Schneider’s background in finance, newspaper sales and operations, and new media — in addition to her experience on the boards of CareerPath and Classified Ventures. “Hilary regards Knight Ridder’s assets, in both geography served and in classified positioning, as strong competitive advantages,” Ridder said in a statement. “She looks forward greatly to the challenge of taking on Monster — and we look forward to watching her lead.”

Schneider, 41, will oversee all of Knight Ridder’s online activities, including the Real Cities network and the company’s interests in CareerBuilder and Classified Ventures.

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