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Examiner parent company hires web veteran as chief digital officer

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Clarity Media Group, the parent company of The San Francisco Examiner, announced today that veteran digital media executive Bob Benz is joining the company as chief digital officer.

Benz will oversee interactive strategy and operations at The San Francisco Examiner, Washington Examiner and Weekly Standard.

“Bob brings deep media experience and an entrepreneurial spirit to this role,” said Clarity Media Group CEO Ryan McKibben. “We’ve seen strong audience and revenue growth in difficult times, and we believe Bob has the skills to help us continue these positive trends while keeping us pointed toward the digital future.”

Previously Benz served as VP/interactive for Scripps newspapers and chief operating officer at Radiant Markets. He also worked as a media consultant with LedgeSolutions. He spent 10 years as a print journalist before helping to take the Rocky Mountain News online in 1995.

“The first thing that impressed me about Clarity was that it’s a news organization that functions more like a startup than a traditional media company,” Benz said. “The free distribution of its newspapers is the industry model of the future, and I believe we can continue this innovative spirit on the digital side of the house.”

Benz begins work at Clarity on Jan. 1, 2011, and will be based at the Washington Examiner’s offices.