The parent company of the Mail Tribune, Ashland Daily Tidings and The Nickel has named a new chief executive.

The parent company of the Mail Tribune, Ashland Daily Tidings and The Nickel has named a new chief executive.

Andrew Langhoff, previously senior vice president and general counsel for Ottaway media group, was named to the position Thursday. He succeeds John Wilcox, who is retiring.

Langhoff, 46, joined Ottaway in 2003 as general counsel and added responsibility for Internet development in 2004. Before joining Ottaway and Dow Jones, he worked for Walt Disney Co., where he helped launch successful Web sites such as ABCNews.com, Oprah.com, Oscar.com and ran business development for ESPN.com. He also previously worked for the Silicon-valley start-up Virage Inc. and the New York law firm of White & Case.

Ottaway includes eight daily newspapers, 15 weekly newspapers and a collection of magazines and Internet sites in seven U.S. states. It is owned by Dow Jones & Co., which is owned by News Corp.

"These are profitable papers in strong markets with a record of achievement in journalism and in business," said Les Hinton, Dow Jones chief executive. "Andrew's experience with Ottaway and with online technology and business development make him the ideal leader for this successful local media franchise as Dow Jones moves forward with News Corporation."