Rob Blethen, former Publisher of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin has accepted the position of Vice President & Walla Walla Family Advisor Manager of Baker Boyer and will be returning to Walla Walla to start his position on February 1, 2016.
“Since we started D.S. Baker Advisors earlier this year, Megan and I have wanted to add to our list of experts someone who specialized in family succession planning and advising. Rob truly understands what it takes to financially run a family business and has had many years leading large teams through transitions,” said Mark Kajita, president of Baker Boyer.
“We are so excited to have Rob join the Baker Boyer Family and we know he will be a great addition as we continue through the next phase of our evolution,” added Mark Kajita.
Blethen is currently General Manager of the Yakima Herald and will be finishing up some year-end issues prior to his move. Blethen served as publisher of the Union-Bulletin for six years, starting in 2008. The Union-Bulletin and Yakima Herald-Republic are independently managed affiliates of The Seattle Times.
He is the great-great-grandson of The Seattle Times founder, Alden Blethen. Before coming to Walla Walla he worked through a number of roles throughout The Seattle Times family of newspapers, including at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, where he held numerous management positions in advertising and circulation, as well as on the board of directors for Blethen Maine Newspapers.
Blethen graduated from the University of Washington with a focus on communications. He went on to complete management programs at Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the American Management Association. He has also presented a case study of the Blethen Family Business at the Harvard Business School twice. Blethen has been on the Board of Directors of the YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, Whitman Pioneer and United Way.