Henry B. Haitz III has been named group publisher and president of Hearst Connecticut Newspapers.

Haitz will begin work on Jan. 6 and will report to Hearst Newspapers President Mark Aldam.

Steven R. Swartz, president and CEO of Hearst Corporation, and Aldam announced the appointment of Haitz on Thursday morning.

Haitz, 49, will have responsibility for the operating performance across Hearst's network of media companies in the state, including four dailies -- Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, The News-Times in Danbury, The Advocate in Stamford and Greenwich Time -- and seven weekly newspapers in Fairfield County.

Haitz has been group publisher and president of The State Media Company, South Carolina's leading source of daily news and information, since 2006. There he led a 215-person organization, including editors, sales managers, finance and human resource professionals, production managers and new media directors, reaching nearly 400,000 newspaper readers and 1.2 million unique web site visitors.

"Henry possesses the perfect core experience to lead our cluster of local media assets in Connecticut," Aldam said. "He has experience launching new products, growing print and digital audiences, and increasing revenue across various platforms. We are excited to welcome him to Hearst and to the Connecticut team."

Prior to The State, Haitz served as president and publisher of The (Bradenton, Fla.) Herald from 2004 to 2006, and was responsible for the overall management of the 226-person staff producing the newspaper, web site and specialty media products.

He held various senior management positions from 1996 to 2003, when he was named president and publisher of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.

Earlier in his career, Haitz was controller of the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, Calif., chief financial officer of Suburban Newspapers of Greater St. Louis, controller of the Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio, and business manager of The Mercury in Pottstown, Pa.

Haitz has an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor's from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. He succeeds Paul Farrell who departed the company on October 1.