Fred Mott, who retired last year after a 26-year career with Knight Ridder, has been named the new publisher and chief executive of ANG Newspapers, the owner of the Oakland Tribune, San Mateo County Times, Tri-Valley Herald and other Bay Area papers. Mott replaces John Schueler, who quit ANG in September to take a job in Florida. Mott’s background is in accounting. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida State University in 1972, then worked for six years as a CPA for Deloitte and Touche. He joined Knight Ridder in 1979 as director of financial reporting. He was general manager of the Tallahassee Democrat from 1984 to 1991 and publisher of the Gary (Indiana) Post-Tribune from 1991 to 1995, when he was named publisher of The (Columbia, S.C.) State. His last stop with KR was as president and general manager of the Philadelphia Inqurier and Philadelphia Daily News.