Tampa Bay Times hires its first chief digital officer

Published March 5 2018
Updated March 5 2018

ST. PETERSBURG — Conan Gallaty, a nationally recognized leader in digital publishing and innovation, has been named chief digital officer of the Tampa Bay Times.

In this new role, Gallaty will oversee the Times’ current digital efforts and the development of new content, products and revenue streams. He also will be responsible for the company’s information technology.

"It is an honor to join the Tampa Bay Times, an organization I have long admired," Gallaty said. "By pairing its talented staff with new digital products, I see great opportunities for growth."

Gallaty, 41, served as president of digital for WEHCO Media, an Arkansas-based communications company with interests in newspapers, magazines, cable television and digital services in six states.

A native of Georgia, Gallaty graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in publication management. He began his career as a reporter at the Rome News-Tribune in Rome, Ga.

As the new media director of the Augusta Chronicle in Georgia, Gallaty developed the award-winning websites AugustaChronicle.com and Augusta.com, which focuses on golf. He joined the New York Times Co. in 2006 as its director of online operations and strategy for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Gallaty became digital director for WEHCO Media in 2009 and went on to hold several positions there. He grew total digital revenue by 107 percent in four years and supervised 14 independent publishing markets. He was named WEHCO’s president of digital last year.

Gallaty, who will start at the Times in April, "has proven himself a leader in digital publishing and innovation in every chapter of his career, and I am confident he will make a big difference at the Times," said Paul Tash, Times chairman and CEO.