TAMPA, Fla.—Tampa Tribune executive editor Duke Maas says he's leaving the newspaper.

Maas made the announcement via an email to employees on Thursday. Maas says he and publisher William Barker mutually agreed to the move.

The 59-year-old Maas was named executive editor in May. He had served as managing editor at the Tribune since 2005. He first came to the newspaper in 2000 as sports editor.

The Tribune ( http://bit.ly/RHGEwq) reports Maas says it is time for "a fresh perspective for all involved." Media General Inc. sold the newspaper and its website, TBO.com, to Tampa Media Group. It's a local company owned by Los Angeles-based Revolution Capital Group.

Maas began his newspaper career at age 14 as a copy boy for the Toledo Blade in Ohio.