Press release | Tampa Bay Times
After more than four decades with the newspaper, Paul Tash will retire as chairman of the Tampa Bay Times on July 1 and appoint Conan Galati, president of Times Publishing, as his successor.
Tash, 67, came to the St. Petersburg Times as a reporter in 1978 and became chairman and CEO in 2004. Since then, the newspaper has changed its name to the Tampa Bay Times, acquired the Tampa Tribune and won seven Pulitzer Prizes.
“Without a doubt, leading the Times has been the honor of my life,” Tash said in a letter to the staff. “I look to the future with bright optimism, realizing that the next chapter deserves new leadership.”
To drive the transition, Tash is now turning over the CEO role to Galati. “I have complete confidence in Conan’s ability and character,” Tash said.
Galati, 45, came to the Times in 2018 as its first digital director. Born in Rome, Georgia, he graduated from the University of Georgia and received a degree in publishing management from the Grady College of Journalism. Galati entered the profession as a journalist but has devoted the bulk of his career to building digital products and business lines that reach new audiences. Prior to joining The Times, he was president of WEHCO Media Digital, an Arkansas company with newspapers, digital marketing agencies, and cable systems across six states.
Soon after arriving in The Times, Galati installed a new publishing system on tampabay.com and spearheaded The Times’ explosive growth in digital advertising and subscriptions. Promoted to Head of Times Publishing in 2020.
“I am both very grateful and humbled to succeed Paul. It is a great shoe to fill,” Galati said. “I am confident that our team will rise to the challenge and that some of our best journalism lies ahead.”
Galati will become only the fourth person to take over the company’s top leadership position since the 1978 death of Nelson Poynter, the last individual to own The Times. To keep the Times independent and locally owned, Poynter left ownership of the company to the school he founded, now called the Poynter Institute. After retiring from the Thames, Tash will remain Chairman of Poynter’s Board of Trustees.
About the Tampa Bay Times:
The Tampa Bay Times is widely regarded as one of America’s ten best newspapers and has won 13 Pulitzer Prizes. It is Florida’s largest newspaper and publishes tampabay.com, Tampa Bay’s largest local news site. In addition, the company publishes the free weekly tbt * Weekend, a copy of the Tampa Bay Times, and The Bay magazine.