russ stantonFormer Los Angeles Times editor-in-chief Russ Stanton has jumped the PR line with a post at G.F.Bunting+Co.

Stanton led the LA Times newsroomfrom 2008-11, a tumultuous time for the paper as it cut staff and integrated digital and print operations. He joined the paper in 1997 as a reporter and moved up through the business editorial ranks.

Stanton moved to Southern California Public Radio in Pasadena and was VP of content for 89.3 KPCC-FM through last month.

Glenn Bunting, president of the San Francisco-based PR firm that has taken high-profile assignments from Shelly Sterling and Herbalife, is also an LA Times alum. He said he was looking for a "world-class journalist" to help his firm expand in Southern California, adding that Stanton was at the top of the list.

Bunting has outposts in LA, Denver and Portland, in addition to SF.

Executive editor Melanie Sill took over Stanton's role at KPCC.