Former Peace Arch News advertising director Rita Walters has been named PAN's new publisher.

Former Peace Arch News advertising director Rita Walters has been named PAN's new publisher.

PAN publisher appointed

Rita Walters, formerly PAN’s advertising director, was named publisher this week.

Peace Arch News has a new publisher.

Rita Walters, formerly PAN’s advertising director, was named to the new position this week.

Walters, who has been with the newspaper for 20 years – the last 13 as advertising director – replaces former longtime publisher Linda Klitch, who died suddenly in late September after complications from surgery.

“I’m very proud and excited to be selected as the new publisher,” Walters said Tuesday.

“Being here for 20 years, and knowing the community as well as I do, I think I can continue to help provide the service and support that the Peace Arch News has always given to the community.”

Walters has 34 years of experience in the newspaper and advertising industries, both in B.C. and Alberta, and she has also served for 10 years on the board of the South Surrey White Rock Chamber of Commerce, as both a director and vice-president.

“Rita brings a wealth of experience to her new role,” said Randy Blair, president of Black Press/Lower Mainland.

“She continues to invest considerable time and energy into understanding and addressing the needs of the business community, and is keen to develop new business relationships in her on-going efforts to support business on the Peninsula.”

Walters lives locally with her husband, Bob, and has three children and six grandchildren.