Randall C. Hatch, managing editor of the Standard-Examiner since 1981 was named editor and publisher of the newspaper on Wednesday.

Hatch also was appointed executive vice president of the board of directors for the Standard Corp., which publishes the Standard-Examiner. Gene Glasmann Hatch, president of the Standard Corp., also announced the appointment of a new eight-member board she will head.In related news department changes, Brian A. Mertz was promoted from assistant managing editor to managing editor and Roger Plothow, business editor, was named assistant managing editor.

As editor and publisher, Hatch will be the newspaper's chief executive officer, with responsibility for all departments and operations.

Before being named managing editor, Hatch worked in the Standard-Examiner's advertising and promotions departments and was assistant managing editor.

Hatch also worked as a reporter at The Salt Lake Tribune and sold advertising for the Newspaper Agency Corp., which publishes the Tribune and the Deseret News.

Hatch, 37, a Salt Lake native, has master's degrees in journalism and business administration from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Utah.

Mertz, 43, will direct the paper's 54-person news department.

Since joining the Standard-Examiner in 1981 as a reporter, Mertz has served as the paper's assistant city editor and as news editor before being named assistant managing editor in 1984.

Plothow, 30, business editor since March 1988, also has served as assistant business editor and copy editor since joining the newspaper in 1986.

The paper serves readers in Weber, Davis, Box Elder and Morgan counties. The Standard Corp. also is the majority owner of Salt Lake City television station KUTV.

On Monday, Gene Glasmann Hatch announced the company was being reorganized, including redemption of a significant amount of the privately held company's stock and retirement of stock owned by descendants of Blaine V. Glasmann.