Chicago Tribune executive bios

Tony Hunter

Tony W. Hunter
Publisher & CEO, Chicago Tribune Company

Tony W. Hunter serves as Publisher and CEO of Chicago Tribune Company, overseeing all digital and print operations for the Chicago Tribune. Hunter served as CEO of Publishing from July 2011 to April 2014 and as a member of the Executive Council for Tribune Company from October 2010 through May 2011.

Since joining the Chicago Tribune in 1994, Hunter has been honored to represent an organization with a long-standing tradition of excellence. He was promoted to CEO and Publisher of the Chicago Tribune in 2008 and has since led the extension of the Chicago Tribune’s market-leading position as the premier media and business services company in Chicagoland. Throughout his tenure as CEO/Publisher, Hunter has successfully fostered a culture of innovation and collaboration, leveraging the strong brands and talented workforce throughout the company.

As a forward-thinking company looking to challenge the status quo, Chicago Tribune is focused on creating differentiated offerings for new and existing customers, namely through innovative digital and niche products. The most recent, launch of digitalPLUS, the Chicago Tribune’s digital membership program, and Blue Sky Innovation, an online hub for tech-minded entrepreneurs are prime examples of digital innovation. These targeted evolutions of the Chicago Tribune portfolio and business services have resulted in sustainable financial results, digital and mobile audience growth, record video gains, and a more engaged employee base championing innovation.

A native of Calumet City, IL, Hunter holds an MBA in leadership and organizational development from DePaul University in Chicago. He is also a certified public accountant with a BA in accounting, business administration and economics from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Hunter is the chair of Metropolitan Family Services, a current member of the Civic Committee of Chicago, and a board member at the Newspaper Association of America.

Hunter and his wife, Sue, live in Chicagoland.

Gerould Kern

Gerould Kern
Senior Vice President/Editor, Chicago Tribune

Gerould Kern was named senior vice-president and editor of the Chicago Tribune in July 2008.

As editor, he has focused the Tribune on local investigative reporting to expose political corruption, government mismanagement and consumer safety issues. This emphasis on Watchdog reporting has helped drive political reform in Illinois and changed the regulation of consumer health and safety. Kern directed a strategic reorganization of the news operation to align with these priorities, thereby expanding local, investigative and digital staffing.

In 2011, Kern led an expansion of the Chicago Tribune’s printed edition, adding 44 full pages a week in areas of high interest to readers. This was in concert with a Tribune audience initiative, Trib Nation, that builds on community engagement and features live programming as a new platform for journalism.

This year, the Tribune launched its Printers Row literary membership program, its first foray into premium content "tiers" for Chicago Tribune subscribers with specific interests.

Kern joined the newspaper in 1991 and held a number of senior editing roles. Under his direction, the Tribune has won numerous journalism awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1999. Prior to joining the Tribune, Kern was executive editor of the Daily Herald, Chicago’s largest suburban newspaper.

Following Tribune Co.’s acquisition of Times-Mirror Co. in 2000, Kern joined the corporate office and directed a number of strategic initiatives.

Kern is a 1971 graduate of Indiana University.

Lou Tazioli

Lou Tazioli
President/General Manager, Tribune Direct Marketing

Mr. Tazioli is currently President of Tribune Direct Marketing (TDM), a division of the Tribune Publishing Company. TDM is a leading national full-service direct marketing company, with six locations in Tribune Publishing markets. TDM mails over 600 million pieces annually and has a consistent track record of growth over the past two decades. TDM produces the Chicago Local Values/Red Plum midweek program, Chicago Local Values weekend programs, and solo direct mail on behalf of many of the largest advertisers in the US. TDM is viewed as an industry leader in variable color direct mail production.

Mr. Tazioli joined TDM in 1997 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and was promoted to President in 1999. Prior to joining the Tribune, Mr. Tazioli spent 10 years at National Decision Systems as National VP of Sales and Marketing. Previous experience was in sales and sales management roles in the printing and telecommunications industries.

Mr. Tazioli was past President of the Newspaper Target Marketing Coalition industry trade group. Tazioli is a graduate of St. Norbert College in Green Bay, WI. and completed the Northwestern Kellogg Management Institute in 2005. Mr. Tazioli is a father of six children, and enjoys bicycling and golf in his spare time.

Robert P. Fleck

Robert P. Fleck
Senior Vice President of Advertising, Chicago Tribune Media Group

Bob Fleck was named Senior Vice President of Advertising for The Chicago Tribune Media Group in February of 2009. In his current role, he serves as the Chief Revenue Officer for the company, responsible for all client media solutions, sales functions and strategies. Fleck previously served as Vice President of Advertising Sales for Chicago Tribune Media Group.

Fleck joined the Tribune Company in May of 1992, as a sales representative, and has served in numerous sales and sales leadership roles during his tenure with the company.

A native of Schaumburg, Illinois, Fleck holds a bachelor's degree in Business from Elmhurst College. He currently sits on the following boards, Board of the Better Business Bureau, Glenkirk Foundation, and Greater North Michigan Avenue Association. He and his wife Jeri live in Crystal Lake, and have three children.

Joseph Schiltz

Joseph A. Schiltz
Senior Vice President of Marketing & Targeted Media, Chicago Tribune Media Group

Joseph A. Schiltz is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Targeted Media for the Chicago Tribune Media Group. He is responsible for all marketing functions of CTMG and overseeing its portfolio of targeted media products, including Chicago Magazine, Hoy, RedEye, Metromix and TribLocal.

He joined Chicago Tribune from CT1 Media (Hartford Courant, WTIC & WCCT) in August 2012, where he served as VP of Strategy and Marketing for Integrated Media. Under his leadership, CT1 Media grew into a single integrated brand from formerly disparate businesses including the Hartford Courant, two television stations, multiple websites and periodical titles.

Before joining Tribune in 2008, he served as general manager for a retail-advertising agency, MD Small Business and began his career in television as creative services director for WDSU-TV in New Orleans. He also served as adjunct creative services director for WPBF-TV in West Palm Beach, assistant creative services director for WESH-TV in Orlando, and a writer/producer at WSMV-TV in Nashville.

Joseph graduated from University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a BA in Communications. He currently lives in Deerfield, IL with his wife and three sons.

Bill Adee

Bill Adee
Senior Vice President, Digital Development & Operations, Chicago Tribune Media Group

Bill Adee is senior vice president of digital stuff for the Chicago Tribune Media Group.

Adee is responsible for digital product development, operations and strategy for a portfolio that includes the Chicago Tribune, Inside Shopper and ChicagoNow.

He also oversees 435 Digital, a digital marketing agency.

A native of Waukegan, Ill., and a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Adee was sports editor of the Chicago Sun-Times during the Michael Jordan era and sports editor of the Chicago Tribune during the Eddy Curry era.

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