Gannett Names Szabrak a Group Publisher in Ohio
McLEAN – Richard M. Szabrak will become a group publisher, responsible for the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette and the Chillicothe Gazette, both in Ohio, it was announced today by the Newspaper Division of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).
Szabrak will replace Greg Ptacin, who is retiring.
“This is a great opportunity for Rick as he takes on more responsibility in his first publishing job. His leadership skills, coupled with his experience and energy, will help he and his team produce the desired results,” said Sue Clark-Johnson, president of Gannett’s Newspaper Division.
Szabrak joined Gannett in 1986 as a circulation specialist. He later served as circulation director in Wausau, WI, where he became regional circulation director for the Central Wisconsin Group. After serving as circulation director in Rockford, IL, he was named group circulation director of the NNCO last year.
“I want to thank Greg for his dedicated service to Gannett since the company acquired Thomson Newspapers in 2000,” Clark-Johnson said. “I wish he and his wife, Janet, all the best in retirement.”
Ptacin has been publisher in Lancaster since 1992.
Gannett Co., Inc. is a leading international news and information company that publishes 91 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 more than 300 titles, including 17 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett also operates 21 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.