Alan Fisco named president of The Seattle Times

For Immediate Release — Nov. 6, 2017
Lindsay Taylor, Consumer Marketing Manager

SEATTLE — The Seattle Times today announced the promotion of Alan Fisco to President of The Seattle Times effective January, 2018. Fisco had previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for The Times since February, 2016.

The position of President has been vacant since June, 2016. For the past five months, Fisco has served in this position on an informal basis.

As President, Fisco will continue to provide oversight and leadership of The Seattle Times’ executive team. He will maintain direct leadership of finance, circulation, operations, human resources and labor. Fisco will also retain responsibility of The Seattle Times’ affiliate newspapers, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and the Yakima Herald-Republic, as well as its commercial printing subsidiary, Rotary Offset Press.

“Alan is an extraordinary newspaper and media executive,” says Publisher Frank Blethen. “Steeped in both print and digital products, he is a national leader in building, sustaining and monetizing print newspaper audience.” Under Alan’s leadership over the past few years, The Seattle Times has become the second-largest print newspaper on the West Coast.

At the same time, Alan has been instrumental in our emergence as the leading digital news and journalism source in the state. He implemented our paywall in 2013, and has developed one of the country’s most sophisticated digital audience development programs, with digital subscriptions up 57 percent 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 celebrated his 25th anniversary with The Seattle Times earlier this year. During his tenure, he’s held several positions in Circulation leadership. In 2005, he was promoted to Vice President of Circulation, Marketing responsibilities were added in 2006. In 2013, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and in 2016 named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Fisco currently serves as a member of the International News Media Association, and he’s also on the Board of Directors of the Inland Press Association and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. He is the immediate past Board Chair and currently Treasurer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. Fisco has a B.A. in economics from the University of Washington.

The Seattle Times serves Washington state with independent, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism, as the region’s most trusted news media company, dedicated to quality journalism and public service. The Seattle Times is the second largest newspaper on the West Coast and the most-visited digital information source in the state. Founded in 1896 by Alden J. Blethen, The Seattle Times’ stewardship is now led by the Blethen family’s fourth and fifth generations. The stewardship also includes the Yakima Herald-Republic and The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.