CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Joel Tesch, a familiar face to business executives in the Carolinas as an executive with public relations service Business Wire, is moving west.

Tesch, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism, is taking over as Northern California regional sales manager for Business Wire. He will assume his new duties on Sept. 1.

A Business Wire employee since 1999, Tesch worked in the Atlanta and Charlotte offices and served as regional manager in Charlotte.