Gordon McLeod, a veteran media executive and former president of The Wall Street Journal's digital network, was named publisher of Newsday Thursday.
He succeeds Fred Groser, who last year announced his plan to retire after leading Long Island's daily newspaper since July 2010. McLeod is Newsday's 11th publisher. He starts Tuesday.
McLeod, 55, comes to Newsday's Melville headquarters after serving as president of Krux, a technology company that delivers cloud-based data software to publishers and marketers.
Before joining Krux in February 2012, McLeod spent about a year investing in and advising several media technology companies.
He was at The WSJ's digital network from September 2006 through October 2010, where he was responsible for the business side of wsj.com, MarketWatch.com, Barrons.com, AllThingsD.com and all of Dow Jones & Co.'s digital, video and audio consumer products.
As publisher of the Newsday Media Group, he will oversee Newsday, Newsday.com, amNewYork, amny.com, exploreLI.com, weekly shopper publications and Newsday Connect, which offers digital marketing services to small- and medium-sized businesses on Long Island.
"I am honored to be joining such a talented team, and I look forward to continuing their work of enhancing Newsday's vital role for readers, advertisers and the community," McLeod said.
McLeod spent six years at Time Inc., overseeing its digital operations, managing Sports Illustrated's websites and launching a website and television venture for Parenting magazine. He also worked at Grey Entertainment and CBS News.
In 1989 he helped start Grisanti-McLeod Inc., a strategic and creative agency for entertainment and political clients.
McLeod received a bachelor's degree in political economy from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University. He has homes in Manhattan and Sag Harbor.
McLeod will report to Brian Sweeney, chief of staff and senior executive vice president for strategy at Cablevision Systems Corp., which owns Newsday.
Sweeney assumed corporate responsibility for Newsday Media Group and the News 12 Networks earlier this month.
"Gordon's impressive career in the media industry and his deep understanding of the evolving media business make him uniquely qualified to lead Newsday Media Group," Sweeney said. "I also want to thank Fred for his outstanding leadership of Newsday Media Group over the past several years and wish him the best in the future."
With Joe Ryan