Media executive Jeff Simpson was named publisher and president of the Deseret News in September 2017. At the time of his appointment he was a Deseret News board member and president of Deseret Book, a position he will maintain.
He began his career working at Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Television. He went on to build Excel Entertainment Group, which became part of Deseret Book and Simpson then became executive vice president and COO. He has also served as president and CEO of Bonneville International.