Devon Goetz, who has been vice president of human resources at The Tribune since 1999, has been promoted to general manager, effective June 1.
She will be responsible for day-to-day decisions, reporting to Publisher Tom Cullinan, who is also president and publisher of The Fresno Bee.
Goetz, 53, will retain her human resources role and serve on select community boards, as well as oversee community business partnerships with The Tribune.
“Over the years Devon has demonstrated strong leadership skills and has gained the respect and confidence of her coworkers,” Cullinan said in announcing the news Wednesday. “She has successfully executed countless projects and initiatives,” he added, noting that the “depth and breadth of her experience at The Tribune and in the community make her an ideal fit for the new role of general manager.”
Cullinan, 64, a 31-year Fresno Bee employee, has been president and publisher of The Fresno Bee since December 2012. Before that, he was vice president of circulation.
In announcing Cullinan’s promotion to publisher at The Fresno Bee, McClatchy Co. President and CEO Pat Talamantes called him “an accomplished newspaper executive who has been instrumental in The Fresno Bee’s transition from a print-based enterprise to one that now publishes to a variety of print and digital platforms.” As a Bee circulation executive, Cullinan oversaw 15 consecutive years of circulation growth.
Cullinan also is active in the Fresno community, especially with The Fresno Bee’s annual Kids Day fundraiser for Children’s Hospital Central California, which has raised more than $7 million since 1987.
McClatchy owns The Fresno Bee, The Tribune and 27 other daily newspapers throughout the nation.
Goetz, who has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Cal Poly, began her career with The Tribune more than 30 years ago as an advertising account executive, then as display advertising manager.
As vice president of human resources, Goetz has played a critical role on key strategic decisions through the years, Cullinan said. She also has acted as interim director of the circulation and marketing divisions. In 2005 she was awarded the Knight Ridder People Development Excellence Award.