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Executive Appointments Announced at the Honolulu Advertiser and Hawaii Newspaper Agency

ARLINGTON, Va. — Michael J. Fisch has been named president and publisher of The Honolulu Advertiser and president of the Hawaii Newspaper Agency.

He previously was president and CEO of The Bakersfield Californian. He succeeds Lawrence R. Fuller, who resigned in December of last year.

“Mike Fisch has demonstrated he is a strong newspaper executive who has established an enviable record of accomplishments,” said Gary L. Watson, president of the Newspaper Division. “We’re pleased he is joining Gannett in this key role in Hawaii.”

Fisch, 46, began his newspaper career selling advertising in his hometown newspaper while still in high school in Fairmont, Minn. He previously worked at the Marshall (Minn.) Messenger & Independent, Rochester (Minn.) Post-Bulletin, Madison (Wis.) Newspapers, Inc., and Hartford Courant. He joined The Bakersfield Californian in 1992.

Fisch announced that Dennis Francis, formerly vice president/circulation in Honolulu, has been named to the new position of general manager.

Francis, 39, joined Gannett in 1987 as circulation director of the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press. He moved to Hawaii in 1990.

Francis has served as acting general manager since last December.

Gannett is a nationwide news and information company that publishes 87 daily newspapers, including USA TODAY, and USA WEEKEND, a newspaper magazine. Gannett also operates 21 television stations and cable television systems in five states.