tierneyPR man Brian Tierney has returned to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News as advisor following the death of co-owner Lewis Katz, who died May 31 in a plane crash outside Boston.

Co-owner Gerry Lenfest said Tierney, who fronted a $515M investment group in 2006 to purchase the papers from Knight Ridder, is to lure advertisers during a transition period.

His investment group subsequently declared Chapter 11 and unloaded the papers to a hedge fund in 2010.

In a statement, Tierney said the Inky and News “play a fundamental role in our civic life.” 

He is eager to put his “expertise and qualifications” to work to line up financial backing for the publications.

Tierney remains CEO of Brian Communications, which he launched in 2010. Previously, he built Tierney Communications into the City of Brotherly Love’s top PR firm, before selling to True North Communications in 1999.

Lenfest, who is interim publisher, is looking for a publisher for the papers.

He and Katz won the papers at an auction on May 30.