DENVER (AP) – Mac Tully, president and publisher of the San Jose Mercury News, has been named president and chief executive officer of The Denver Post.

Tully also was named an executive vice president of Digital First Media responsible for operations in Colorado, Texas and New Mexico. Digital First Media manages newspapers owned by MediaNews Group and Journal Register Co.

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Tully succeeds Ed Moss, who left The Denver Post in April.

The Post reported Monday that Tully’s appointments are effective immediately.

Since 2008, Tully also has served as group vice president for the Bay Area News Group, which includes the Mercury News, The Oakland Tribune and about a dozen other newspapers.

Jeff Bairstow, president of Digital First Media, said Tully “is the right choice to assume the leadership role at The Denver Post and to continue the digital transformation that is underway in Denver and the operations throughout Colorado, Texas and in New Mexico.”

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Tully will oversee the company’s other Colorado operations, including the Daily Camera in Boulder; the Longmont Times-Call; the Loveland Reporter-Herald; the Canon City Record; The Colorado Daily; and multiple weekly publications.

He also will oversee the El Paso Times in Texas and New Mexico operations that include the Alamogordo Daily News; the Carlsbad Current-Argus; the Deming Headlight; The Daily Times in Farmington; and the Las Cruces Sun-News.

Before joining the Bay Area News Group, Tully served as president and publisher of The Kansas City Star. He was vice president of operations/newspaper division for 16 publications for Knight Ridder.

Tully also has served as president and publisher of the Bradenton Herald; senior vice president of advertising for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; and publisher of the Arlington Star-Telegram.

He is a graduate of the University of Kansas.

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