Doug Skaff Jr. has been named president of HD Media, where he will oversee business operations, advertising and marketing for the company that owns the Charleston Gazette-Mail, The (Huntington) Herald Dispatch and five weekly newspapers in Southern West Virginia.
Regional Executive Editor Lee Wolverton was elevated to vice president of news. He will retain his role as executive editor. The moves come in advance of Jim Heady’s long-planned retirement as regional publisher.
“We are tremendously excited to have Doug Skaff Jr. step into this role,” said Doug Reynolds, principal owner of HD Media. “His experience, knowledge and dedication to this community along with his business acumen, people skills and innovative ideas make him the ideal fit for us to follow on the tremendous leadership of Jim Heady.”
Heady retires after 45 years in the newspaper industry, his last eight in Charleston, first as the newspaper’s vice president of audience development and then as its publisher, before taking the helm of all HD Media properties.