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Two Senior Circulation Appointments Announced

ARLINGTON, Va. — The appointments of two senior circulation executives were announced today.

Robert W. Althaus becomes vice president/circulation in Gannett’s Newspaper Division. He previously was senior vice president/circulation at the Detroit Newspapers.

W. Edward Humphrey, who had been vice president/circulation in the Newspaper Division, succeeds Althaus in Detroit.

“While a switch in assignments like this is unusual, to be sure,” said Gary L. Watson, president of the Newspaper Division, “we’re fortunate in having two high-quality executives like Rob and Ed, thus making it possible to achieve both their professional and personal aspirations.

“Ed Humphrey has done a magnificent job in his seven years as the corporate VP of circulation,” Watson said. “We wish him well in Detroit.”

“Rob Althaus has the leadership and experience to build upon our past accomplishments and lead our newspapers’ circulation operations into the new millennium,” Watson said.

Althaus, 50, joined Detroit Newspapers in 1991 as senior vice-president. He was previously circulation director of the St. Petersburg Times and prior to that, circulation director of the Philadelphia Daily News. He is a two-time recipient of the President’s Ring for outstanding performance by Gannett newspaper circulation executives. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and a MBA from Drexel University.

Humphrey, 48, joined FLORIDA TODAY, in 1986 from the Lexington Herald as circulation director. He moved to Corporate in 1990 as director of circulation operations and was promoted to vice president in 1992. He is also a two-time recipient of the President’s Ring and was recognized in 1988 as Gannett’s circulation executive of the year. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky.

Both Althaus and Humphrey are former presidents of the NAA Circulation Federation.

Gannett is a nationwide news and information company that publishes 75 daily newspapers, including USA TODAY, and USA WEEKEND, a newspaper magazine. Gannett also operates 21 television stations and cable television systems in major U.S. markets.