William A. Klanke is rejoining SpaceNews as president and publisher, with responsibility for sales, new products and strategic planning.

Klanke replaces Paul McPherson, who left the company March 26.

Previously Klanke was vice president and general manager at AOL Industry, a group of online publications focusing on the defense, government and energy markets.

Before joining AOL in March 2012, Klanke spent 10 years as vice president and general manager of the Virginia-based Space News Media Group, which at the time was a division of Imaginova Corp. SpaceNews , now a separate company with new ownership, experienced strong growth across its product line during Klanke’s tenure.