Dorsey stated he was excited to serve in "a new role that will support the acceleration of the company's digital journey. The content that our teams provide is vital to our communities, and I look forward to working across departments to ensure the sustainability of local news and advertising."
Previously, he spent over 15 years at Tribune, most recently as Chief Information Officer. He will report to chairman and CEO, Tony Hunter.
Hunter was named CEO of McClatchy in August, after the company announced it was being acquired by Chatham Asset Management. He also came from Tribune, formerly CEO of Tribune Publishing and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, a role he held from 2008 to 2016.
Dorsey will work with the executive leadership team at McClatchy to ensure the business strategies, plans and initiatives are aligned with the company's transformation plan.
He will also promote the use of technology and digital tools "to drive new, creative solutions and mitigate risk," according to the company.
Dorsey will lead McClatchy's shared services, production and distribution operations, which consolidates supply chain functions, centralized shared services and the management of vendor relationships.