Times Publishing announces new board members, promotions

Times Publishing Co., parent of the Tampa Bay Times, announces two new board members and three other key appointments.
The Tampa Bay Times building in downtown St. Petersburg.
The Tampa Bay Times building in downtown St. Petersburg.
Published Jan. 29, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — The board of directors of Times Publishing Company, parent of the Tampa Bay Times, is adding Sherri Day and Kelly McBride as its newest members.

The Times also announced promotions of two of its senior leaders — Joe DeLuca, who led the Times' initiative in Tampa, and Conan Gallaty, who is spearheading its digital publishing efforts. Separately, Amy Hollyfield, the Times' senior deputy editor, was added to the board of its sister publication, Florida Trend magazine.

"All these appointments demonstrate the depth of talent, and the opportunities for leadership throughout our organization,'' said Paul Tash, the Times' chairman and chief executive. "We are fortunate to call upon such able colleagues as we build our enterprise for the future.''

Day, 42, joined the Times as a reporter almost 15 years ago. She held a variety of positions at the paper, including assistant metro editor, before joining the editorial board in 2013. Day became the company's director of communications in 2016. She and her husband, Marcus Phillips, live in Tampa with daughter Sidney, 10, and twins Anderson and Carter, 8.

McBride, 52, is senior vice president of the Poynter Institute, the nonprofit journalism institute that owns the Times. She worked as a daily newspaper reporter in the Pacific Northwest for 15 years before joining Poynter's faculty in 2002 and becoming one of the country's foremost experts on journalism and ethics. A sought-after teacher, speaker and host of the Everyday Ethics podcast, McBride is the co-author of the New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century. She lives in St. Petersburg and has three children, Molly, 24, Clarke, 22, and Maggie, 18.

DeLuca and Gallaty have been named executive vice presidents, and DeLuca also was named general manager.

During his two decades at the Times, DeLuca, 60, has led some of the company's most important initiatives, including its Tampa edition, and, more recently, its strategic planning group. DeLuca and his wife, Sharon, who live in Tierra Verde, have a daughter, Carleigh, 26, and a son, Nick, 36.

Gallaty, 42, is considered one of the nation's most innovative minds in digital publishing, and his imprint on the Times' technology and digital projects is already making substantial contributions to the business. Gallaty and his wife, Natasha, live in Oldsmar with son Spencer, 13, and daughter Addison, 11.

Hollyfield, 48, is responsible for the Times' coverage of local, state, business and political news. She got her start at the Times as an intern in 1990 and joined the staff in 1992. Florida Trend, a statewide business magazine, is owned by Times Publishing. Hollyfield, who lives in Tampa, has two daughters, Alara, 18, and Alessandra, 13.

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