Roger Ogden to Head the Gannett Center for Design and Innovation
McLEAN, VA – Roger Ogden has been named Senior Vice President of Design, Innovation and Strategy for Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), the company said today. Ogden will continue as president and chief executive officer of Gannett Broadcast.
In this additional role, Ogden will head the Gannett’s Center for Design and Innovation, a new entity within the company that will encourage development of new business ideas and improved processes for Gannett. The Center will assign ideas submitted by employees to teams for study and implementation. Employees from around the company will be invited to work on the teams.
Gannett’s division leaders will have significant roles in the process, ensuring the long-term focus of the company on innovation. In addition to Ogden, division heads are Sue Clark-Johnson, president of the Newspaper Division; Craig Moon, president and publisher of USA TODAY; Paul Davidson, chairman and chief executive officer of Newsquest; and Jack Williams, president of Gannett Digital.
“Innovation is the future of Gannett, and Roger has proven his ability to encourage new ideas and make them business-ready. He is the right person for this new and exciting role,” said Craig Dubow, president and CEO of Gannett. “The Center for Design and Innovation is a key part of our strategy for growing Gannett and stimulating innovation throughout the company. As a team, our top management is excited to embrace innovation.”
“Creating an environment that not only fosters innovation, but drives it through the company by tapping into the amazing energy of Gannett’s people, is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Ogden said. “Gannett’s employees are the most willing and enthusiastic group I’ve ever worked with, and I am looking forward to harnessing all that wonderful enthusiasm.”
Ogden became president and CEO of Gannett Broadcast in July, 2005. Prior to that appointment, he was a senior vice president of Gannett Broadcast and president and general manager of K*USA-TV, the Gannett NBC affiliate in Denver. As a member of the Gannett Broadcast Operating Committee, Ogden had responsibility for Gannett’s Phoenix, Cleveland, Sacramento and Atlanta stations in addition to Denver.
Ogden previously was president and managing director of NBC Europe. He began his broadcast career at age 13 in Denver at radio station KPOF and has worked at TV stations in Denver and Louisville, KY.
He has served on the Associated Press Board of Directors as chairman of the Broadcast Committee. He also served as the NBC Affiliate Board as chairman and president in 2003 and 2004, and currently is past chair.
Gannett named Ogden Manager of the Year in 2005.
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.
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