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Tribune Publishing has named former New York Times executive Denise Warren as president of digital, a newly created role overseeing digital strategy and operations across the Chicago-based newspaper group.

Warren, 51, who will be based in New York, also will oversee the company's six East Coast newspapers, including The Baltimore Sun. She will join the company in June, reporting to Tribune Publishing CEO Jack Griffin.

Tim Ryan, publisher and chief executive officer of Baltimore Sun Media Group, will report to Warren.

A longtime publishing executive, Warren most recently was vice president of digital operations for The New York Times, where she is credited with overseeing its industry-leading digital subscription model. She left the newspaper after 26 years, when her position was eliminated in October.

Her hiring is a key addition and will play a pivotal role in monetizing and catalyzing the digital evolution of Tribune Publishing, Griffin said Wednesday.

At Tribune Publishing, Warren will lead digital initiatives spanning everything from product development to circulation and advertising. Digital revenue accounted for 12 percent of the company's total revenue during the first quarter.

Tribune Publishing, which includes the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and eight other daily newspapers, was spun off from Tribune Media in August. Last week, Tribune Publishing expanded its portfolio, agreeing to buy for $85 million the U-T San Diego newspaper, formerly known as the San Diego Union-Tribune.

In her dual role as CEO of East Coast publishing, Warren will oversee The Baltimore Sun Media Group; The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa.; the Sun-Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel in Florida; the Hartford Courant in Connecticut; and the Daily Press in Newport News, Va.

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