Glenn Zuehls, an executive who has worked in print media for more than two decades, has been named the publisher of the San Francisco Media Co., which produces The San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Dennis Francis, president of Oahu Publications Inc., the parent company for the San Francisco Media Co. and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, made the announcement Tuesday, a day after the three papers moved into new offices at 835 Market St.
Francis is also president of the San Francisco Media Co.
Zuehls, who began his new position also on Tuesday, previously was the senior vice president of advertising for OPI and brings more than a decade of experience in newspapers.
He played an instrumental role in the 2010 merging of Hawaii's two primary papers, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser. In an era when newspapers were declining in production, the Star-Advertiser has since increased newsroom staff and circulation.
Zuehls said he is looking forward to this new opportunity and will focus on strengthening advertising for the San Francisco Media Co.'s three papers.
"I'm going to miss Honolulu very much, but I love the excitement and all the opportunities we have for our sales staff," Zuehls said. "We want to look at 'How can we be great?' It starts with 'What do your readers want, and how do you help your advertisers?'"
Francis said the search extended nationwide for a new publisher before he selected Zuehls, whom he has known for 15 years.
"At the end of the day, Glenn's overall talents, particularly in advertising sales, was the determining factor that I thought would be key for the three papers," Francis said.
Zuehls succeeds interim publisher Don Kendall.
Also Tuesday, Francis announced the appointment of Cliff Chandler as the new vice president of advertising for the San Francisco Media Co. Chandler previously worked for The Examiner as retail advertising director from 2005-09.
"It's good to be back in San Francisco," Chandler said. "It's a phenomenal market with huge potential."