McClatchy (NYSE American: MNI) named Ryan Mote as publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and vice president of Strategic Advertising of McClatchy’s Central region. He succeeds Sean Burke who is stepping down to pursue new opportunities. Mote will begin in this new role Nov. 5.
“We’re grateful to Sean for his efforts and thoughtful contributions to our digital transformation and wish him well on his path,” said Tony Berg, regional publisher for the Central region.
Burke had been named publisher in June 2017.
Mote is currently vice president of Strategic Advertising for The Sacramento Bee and McClatchy’s West region, responsible for a sales territory across 10 media companies in California, Washington state and Idaho.
“Ryan has an outstanding track record of building strong customer relationships that drive results and advertising revenue,” said Berg. “His strategic focus, entrepreneurial energy and talent for creating cohesive, high-achieving sales teams will make a significant impact on our business and the communities we serve.”
Mote is a veteran publishing executive with almost two decades in the industry and four years at McClatchy. Previously, he held leadership positions at Freedom Communications and Gannett and was named “Gannett Executive of the Year” in 2012. He also held advertising sales roles at the New York Times Co. and Copley Press. In his new role, Mote will also manage strategic advertising for McClatchy’s Central region including The Kansas City Star, The Wichita Eagle and The Belleville News-Democrat.
“I’m excited to return with my family to my grandparents’ home state and lead the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a storied and iconic Texas brand,” said Mote. “I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and helping our teams achieve the goals they set out to accomplish.”
A native of California, Mote and his wife Katherine have roots in Texas. Mote’s grandparents were born and raised in Texas, and he and his wife have many family members currently residing throughout the state, according to a McClatchy news release.