More Changes at the San Diego Union-Tribune

More turnover at the San Diego Union-Tribune, in the wake of Prop 8 backer Douglas Manchester’s purchase of the paper. Former Daily Breeze publisher and current VP Sales and Marketing for the U-T Mark Ficarra is leaving the paper to do consulting in Phoenix. His last day will be the 28th of December.

Meanwhile, former LANG sales VP Joe Brenneman has just been hired as the paper’s new chief revenue officer.

COO Mike Hodges’ memo to staff after the jump:

To: U-T Staff

From: Mike Hodges

Subject: Mark Ficarra Announcement

Date: December 8, 2011

I wanted to let you know that Mark Ficarra is leaving us as of December 21st to return to Phoenix to focus on his Bottom Line Consulting company. Bottom Line Consulting offers services to media companies throughout the country as they emerge from the prolonged economic difficulties.

Mark’s contribution to the U-T has been nothing short of “unbelievable”. Through Mark’s leadership the Union-Tribune has lead the industry in overall advertising revenue growth during the last 24 months. He has built a foundation in the sales and marketing department that we can build on for years to come. My thanks to him for his leadership, stewardship and most importantly friendship.

I am also pleased to announce that Joe Brenneman has accepted the position of Chief Revenue Officer for the U-T. Joe comes to us most recently from the Baltimore Sun Media Group where he served as Senior Vice-President Sales & Marketing. Prior to Baltimore, Joe was Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Los Angeles News Group.

Joe and I are former colleagues from the Orange County Register. I am very excited to be working side by side with him again as we continue our transformation in to a fully integrated media company.

Joe’s first day with us will be December 28th. Mark has graciously agreed to help us through this transition.