GULFPORT -- Shannon Wall was named president and publisher of the Sun Herald on Friday and will assume her new role on April 1.
She is the first woman publisher of the Sun Herald and succeeds Glen Nardi, who announced his retirement in February.
Wall, 45, has been the Sun Herald's advertising director since joining the company in 2008, overseeing multi-media sales and revenue development. During her tenure, she has been key to the media company's digital sales transformation and instrumental to the launch of the Sun Herald's highly-acclaimed Velocity Digital Agency.
"It is an exciting time in our industry as we continue the digital transformation," Wall said. "In my new role as publisher, I am honored to be working with such an accomplished newsroom."
She was applauded by her co-workers during Friday's announcement and told them, "You'll hear a lot from me about the passion I do have for digital."
Pat Talamantes, McClatchy's president and chief executive officer, said Wall has a strong track record in marketing and digital innovation.
"Her teamwork and passion for the Mississippi Gulf Coast will advance the Sun Herald's mission as the leading media company in the region," he said.
"Shannon has a deep understanding of the challenges businesses face as they adapt to this digital world," Nardi said. "In addition, she's lived and raised a family on the Coast for over 20 years. She has experienced the challenges and opportunities our communities face. These two qualities, in combination, make Shannon an excellent choice to be the Sun Herald's next publisher."
Wall said, "As a long-time Coastal resident, I am proud of what the Sun Herald has meant to this community and will work diligently to maintain that tradition."
Also on Friday, Mark Zieman, vice president of operations for McClatchy, presented the Sun Herald newsroom with the President's Award for its 10th anniversary coverage of Hurricane Katrina. He called the coverage "exceptional and outstanding."