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Gannett Names Ali Zoibi President and Publisher at Rochester, N.Y.

McLEAN, VA – Ali Zoibi, senior vice president and general manager of The Indianapolis Star, has been named president and publisher of the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle.

“Ali has proven himself in a variety of roles throughout his career,” said Bob Dickey, president of Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing. “The breadth and depth of his experience both inside and outside Gannett, as well as his strong management ability, will make him a great asset to Rochester.”

Zoibi became senior vice president and general manager at The Indianapolis Star in 2006. He began at The Star in August 2000 as vice president/human resources, then added the title group human resources director in 2002. In 2005 he was named vice president/administration and group human resources director.

Zoibi began his newspaper career at Pioneer Newspapers Inc., of Seattle, WA, in 1992 as director of human resources and administration. In January 2000, he joined Gannett as vice president/human resources at The Des Moines Register. Zoibi also held customer service, labor relations and human resources positions with a number of companies beginning in 1979.

Zoibi received a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Illinois and a MBA in personnel administration from Loyola University.

Zoibi succeeds Michael Kane, who was named Interstate Group president and president and publisher of The Indianapolis Star.

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) 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 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 also operates 23 television stations in the United States and is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by its TV stations and newspapers including, one of the most popular news sites on the Web.

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