Alexandra Villoch was named president of Miami Herald Media Co. and publisher of the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, becoming the first woman publisher in the company's 110-year history.

Villoch will assume her new post on April 14 substituting David Landsberg, who resigned in March to manage Goodwill Industries South Florida.

"I look forward to working with all of you to carry out our mission of serving our diverse and vibrant community with credible, dynamic and high-quality journalism," Villoch told employees Monday at the Herald's headquarters in the Miami suburb of Doral.

Villoch, 56, was born in Cuba and came to the United States with her parents at the age of 2. She graduated from Miami Dade College and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in political science and an MBA from the University of Miami.

She signed with the Herald in the year 2000 as national advertising director and, in 2005, was named senior vice president for advertising and marketing, a position she has held until now.

"I have no doubt that she will guide the enterprise into the future with great strength and creativity," Landsberg said of his successor.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to have such a savvy, accomplished media executive as Alex in-house and ready to step up into this important post," said Pat Talamantes, president and CEO of McClatchy, owner of Herald Media. EFE