Diana Murphy to take leave from Sun post

March 23, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Diana M. Murphy, senior vice president for advertising and marketing at The Baltimore Sun, will take an extended leave of absence beginning in mid-April, it was announced yesterday.

Mrs. Murphy, who has worked for The Sun since 1979, plans to travel with her husband, Reg Murphy, to golf championships in the United States and abroad. Mr. Murphy, a former publisher of The Sun, was elected president of the United States Golf Association in January.

"Diana has been an excellent leader and contributor to The Sun's success during her 15 years here," said Mary Junck, chief executive officer and publisher of The Sun.

Mrs. Junck said Times Mirror Co., which owns The Sun, holds open the possibility that Mrs. Murphy will return to the company in some capacity. The leave, which extends for roughly two years, also will give Mrs. Murphy a chance to explore other professional opportunities, the publisher said.

The job of senior vice president of advertising and marketing, which Mrs. Murphy has held since 1991, will be phased out. Megan M. Easton, advertising director, and Regina P. Swearingen, marketing and communications director, will report to the publisher.

Mrs. Murphy began her career with The Sun as a senior account executive in 1979. Between 1982 and 1991, she held top management jobs in the newspaper's advertising department, including manager of major accounts, national advertising and display advertising, director of advertising and vice president of advertising.

Mrs. Murphy said it was a good time to leave because, with the new publisher in place, "the paper has a strong future in growing circulation and readership, expanding editorial initiatives and striving to meet customer needs."

Although they will travel extensively, Mrs. Murphy and her husband plan to continue living in Baltimore and remain active in community affairs.

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