McLEAN, VA – Robert J. Dickey today was named president of Gannett U.S. Community Publishing, formerly known as the Newspaper Division. Dickey was a senior group president of Gannett’s Pacific Group and chairman of Phoenix Newspapers Inc. Sue Clark-Johnson was named chair of U.S. Community Publishing. She was president of the Newspaper Division and has announced plans to retire in May.
“Bob brings not only advertising and marketing acumen to this job but also a deep respect for journalism and the First Amendment. Plus, he understands the importance of our customers and how to deliver what they want and need,” said Craig Dubow, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “This combination of skills, coupled with Sue’s great energy and leadership, promises a smooth transition for our publications group.”
Said Dickey: “My goal is to move forward rapidly on our strategy to become the leading news and information provider in our communities — a strategy that is showing results for our consumers and advertisers. I’m thrilled to continue this important work, on a new level and with great focus.”
Dickey began his newspaper career at The Daily Tidings in Ashland, OR in 1981. He joined Gannett in 1989 at the Reno (NV) Gazette-Journal, where he served as manager of retail advertising and director of advertising. He was named president and publisher of The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, CA in 1993. He added the title of group vice president in 1997 and was named senior group president of the Pacific Group in 2005.
The Pacific Group oversees Gannett publications in the Western part of the U.S., including Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas and Utah.
U.S. Community Publishing includes Gannett’s daily community newspapers, more than 100 Web sites and hundreds of non-daily publications. The new name better reflects the division’s responsibilities, the company said.
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a leading international news and information company that operates 23 TV stations and publishes 85 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns nearly 900 non-daily publications in the USA and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom’s second largest regional newspaper company. Newsquest publishes nearly 300 titles, including 17 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by its TV stations and newspapers including USATODAY.com, one of the most popular news sites on the Web.
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