Tony W. Hunter
Publisher & CEO, Chicago Tribune Company
Tony W. Hunter is Publisher and CEO of Chicago Tribune Media Group (CTMG), one of the nation’s largest diversified media and marketing solutions companies. An accomplished media executive, Hunter oversees a vast portfolio of print and digital solutions, including the award-winning flagship Chicago Tribune brand, and an array of niche products, including Chicago magazine, RedEye and Hoy.
A widely recognized expert in organizational transformation, Hunter is a champion of innovation who has significantly expanded CTMG’s differentiated consumer offerings across all platforms – print, digital, mobile and social. The industry-leading solutions introduced under his watch include: the acquisition of 38 suburban-Chicago titles, which significantly enhanced Chicago Tribune’s position as the area’s news and information leader; the implementation of an award-winning next-generation digital experience which has earned national accolades; the introduction of Blue Sky Innovation, a hub for tech-minded entrepreneurs, and the development of digital marketing services, including branded content/native advertising solutions.
Hunter, who joined Chicago Tribune in 1994, has steered the company through a period of innovation by nurturing a culture of collaboration, encouraging team members to embrace emerging platforms and identify new opportunities to engage audiences and marketers alike. Today, CTMG engages more consumers than ever in its 167-year history.
In addition to serving as Publisher and CEO of CTMG, Hunter is responsible for overseeing Tribune Publishing’s Shared Services and Business Services units, which drive efficiency through the Company’s eight major media groups while also offering a robust portfolio of solutions to outside publishers. His accomplishments with the Company also include serving as CEO of the Publishing operations from July 2011 to April 2014 when the Company was a wholly owned unit of Tribune Media, and as a member of the Executive Council for Tribune Media from October 2010 through May 2011. He was promoted to CEO of Chicago Tribune Media Group in 2008.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun