Chris Saridakis Named Chief Digital Officer for Gannett
McLEAN, VA – Chris Saridakis, CEO of the leading rich media company PointRoll, Inc., today was named senior vice president and chief digital officer for Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI). He will be responsible for expanding and enriching the company’s global digital operations.
“Chris is a visionary and an innovator, as well as a smart businessman – as his success growing PointRoll demonstrates,” said Craig Dubow, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Gannett. “Chris brings to Gannett’s digital operations those essential qualities, plus a keen marketing sense and a strong reputation in the digital universe. He will use his talent and ability to move rapidly in further developing Gannett into a digital powerhouse.”
Saridakis will become a member of the Gannett Management Committee (GMC) and report to Dubow.
Also, Jack Williams was named president of Gannett Digital Ventures, which will oversee Gannett’s portfolio of online classified companies and other diversified businesses. Williams will continue reporting to Dubow and will remain on the GMC.
“Jack’s role will allow him to devote full time to strengthening and growing our strategically critical classified partnerships and other digital enterprises,” Dubow said. “His understanding of the complexities of online businesses makes him a valued member of our management team.”
Jason Tafler succeeds Saridakis as CEO of PointRoll. Tafler is senior vice president, Global Business Operations & Strategy for PointRoll, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gannett.
Saridakis was named CEO of PointRoll in 2005 after serving two years as the company’s chief operating officer. Prior to PointRoll, Saridakis was senior vice president and general manager of the Global TechSolutions division for DoubleClick Inc. – among the first people in the technology business at DoubleClick. Saridakis also served as director of new products and business development for enterprise solutions at Reuters America, Inc., and was an assistant vice president at Lehman Brothers Inc.
Gannett Co., Inc. is a leading international news and information company that publishes 85 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns nearly 1,000 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 18 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett also operates 23 television stations in the United States and 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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