August 20, 2018

HBJ taps former Providence news exec. as publisher

Hartford Business Journal has appointed Christopher D. Santilli as publisher.

Hartford Business Journal on Monday announced it has appointed a former Providence business news executive as publisher.

Christopher D. Santilli, the former vice president of The Providence Business News, now leads Hartford Business Journal alongside New England Business Media President Joe Zwiebel, also the founding publisher of HBJ. Santilli began Aug. 13.

In addition to a 16-year run with Providence Business News, during which he held various positions, Santilli has served as a corporate development officer for Roger Williams University, a banking officer for Citizens Bank and what is now, Bank of America.

Most recently, he led talent recruitment for Providence Public Schools' 3,700 employee school system, which serves more than 24,000 students.

Zwiebel said Santilli is an ideal fit for HBJ.

"Chris' industry expertise and passion are a great fit for our organization, and he joins us at a moment when we are poised to grow in Connecticut, " Zwiebel said. "His understanding of local business media, leadership, relationship building and market expansion will all contribute to the continued success and growth of the Hartford Business Journal."

Santilli joins HBJ after forging a relationship with Zwiebel and his business partner, New England Business Media CEO Peter Stanton, more than 15 years ago.

"They are capable entrepreneurs, as well as thoughtful, responsible and thorough publishers," Santilli said. "We see Hartford, and Connecticut as poised for growth."

HBJ, Connecticut's only subscription-based business publication, has a readership of over 31,000 in 61 towns. The publication is part of New England Business Media, which also publishes the Worcester Business Journal and Mainebiz. The group also includes New Haven Biz.

In November, the company will add a bi-monthly print magazine that will publish twice in New Haven this year.

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