Terry R. Ward, chief operating officer of KPC Media Group Inc., has been promoted to chief executive officer of the north­east Indiana-based firm.

The announcement came from Terry G. Hous­holder, president, pub­lisher and former CEO of KPC Media Group.

Hous­holder, 62, who has worked for the Witwer family-owned company since high school, has been KPC’s CEO since 2001.

At his request, Hous­holder is taking the role of senior executive over content strategy for the company. He will continue as president and publisher.

“I am very pleased to be handing over the reins of our company’s leadership to Terry Ward, who is a seasoned newspaperman with strong digital management experience,” Housholder said.

Ward, 42, also serves as vice president of the HSPA Board of Directors.

He joined KPC as vice president of sales, digital and marketing in November 2012. In May 2013, he was named chief operating officer for KPC. In addition to his role as CEO, Ward is also assuming the title as publisher of the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly and the Times Community Publications.

“I take on this new role with a great appreciation for the support and enthusiasm this family-owned company offers to the communities it serves, and I will continue to honor that tradition,” Ward said.

A native of Oklahoma, Ward started his career as a reporter in high school at his hometown newspaper in Chickasha, Okla.

Housholder first went to work at KPC in 1969 as a sports writer. He attended Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, served two years in the U.S. Army and then returned to KPC.