After serving in the position on an informal basis since May, Alan Fisco has been promoted to president of The Seattle Times, effective January 2018. Fisco had previously served as executive vice president and CFO for the Times since February 2016.
The position of Seattle Times president has been vacant since the June 2016 when Alayne Fardella retired.
“Alan is an extraordinary newspaper and media executive,” said Seattle Times Publisher and owner Frank Blethen. “Steeped in both print and digital products, he is a national leader in building, sustaining and monetizing print newspaper audience.”
Blethen noted that under Alan’s leadership over the past few years, The Seattle Times has become the second-largest print newspaper on the West Coast.
In his new position, Fisco will retain responsibility of The Seattle Times’ affiliate Washington state newspapers, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and the Yakima Herald-Republic, as well as its commercial printing subsidiary, Rotary Offset Press.
The announcement of Fisco’s promotion noted that he implemented the newspaper’s digital paywall in 2013, and has developed what it called “one of the country’s most sophisticated digital audience development programs, with digital subscriptions up 57% year-over-year.”
“Alan is one of the most compassionate colleagues I have ever worked with,” Blethen adds. “For many years now, he has led The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy campaign, raising over $1 million each holiday season for the most vulnerable people in our community.”
Fisco is a 25-year veteran of The Seattle Times, in a career in which he began in circulation. In 2005, he was promoted to vice president of circulation, with marketing responsibilities added the following year. In 2013, he was promoted to senior vice president and in 2016 named executive vice president and CFO.
Fisco is a member of the board of directors of Inland Press Association. He also serves as a member of the International News Media Association, and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce.