Joe DeLuca, a vice president and Tampa publisher of the St. Petersburg Times, has been named publisher of the company's website, TampaBay.com.
DeLuca will continue his role as publisher of the Times' Tampa edition and tbt* Tampa Bay Times, the free daily tabloid. His portfolio also includes production and circulation.
"Our next step in digital publishing is a big one," said Times chairman and CEO Paul Tash. "Digital is another dimension to our growth in audience and advertising share, and this move will reinforce that overall strategy."
DeLuca, 52, who joined the Times in 2001, serves on the company's executive committee and board of directors. The previous publisher of TampaBay.com, Stephen Buckley, was recently named dean of the faculty at the Poynter Institute, the school that owns the Times.