A news industry veteran with experience in print and new media has been hired to lead advertis­ing and digital sales efforts at The Times Media Co.

John Tucker, 47, is already on the job as vice president of sales, where he wants to continue the media company’s tradition of quality products and customer service.

“The thing that appealed to me about The Times was the quality of the editorial product,” Tucker said. “Quality is what you are selling at the end of the day.”

Tucker was most recently a senior group publisher for GateHouse Media, overseeing its news organizations in Arkansas and northern Louisiana. Prior to that he managed the company’s southern Missouri properties in the Lakes of the Ozarks area, a highly competitive tourism market.

Times publisher Chris White said he counts on Tucker to draw on his proven creativity and resourcefulness to do great things with The Times digital and advertising departments.

Before being named publisher of The Times in July, White also worked for GateHouse, where he most recently served as publisher of GateHouse Ohio Media and The Repository newspaper in Canton, Ohio.

Tucker has experience in Indiana, having served as group publisher of the Jeffersonville Evening News and New Albany Tribune in the southern tier of the state.

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