He replaces Bob Stets, who is transitioning to a position as part-time, in-house counsel, the company said. Stets had been planning to semi-retire early next year, but the transition was accelerated as a result of finding a successor earlier than anticipated, Cannon said.
Ray joined The Tribune and SanLuisObispo.com as CFO in 2007 and became president and publisher in October 2008, a position he held until March. Before that, he was senior sales manager for the Western United States at Trimble Navigation Ltd. and had held finance positions with Excite@home, the Seeds of Change division of Mars Inc., Intel Corp. and Nissan Motor Corp.
Ray is chairman of the Economic Vitality Corp., immediate past chairman of the Central Coast Economic Forecast, and serves on the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce board of directors and the Cal Poly Arts Advisory Board.
Since 1976, Cannon has been providing engineering consulting services to clients in water resources, streets and highways, energy, education, and aerospace and defense. It has four offices statewide employing 150 professionals.