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Washburn Named President of Gannett Offset Group

ARLINGTON, Va. – Dennis V. Washburn has been named president of the Gannett Offset Group.

Washburn joined The Courier-Journal at Louisville, Ky., in 1969 as purchasing supervisor and was named director of purchasing in 1978. In 1987, he joined Gannett Supply Corp. as director of purchasing/USA TODAY and subsequently moved to manager of special projects/Newspaper Division. He was named president of Gannett Direct Marketing Services in 1991. Since January 1999, he has also served as vice president/Marketing Services Group.

Under Washburn’s leadership, Gannett Direct Marketing Services has experienced substantial growth and was Offset Site of the Year in 1998. Additionally, Washburn was a finalist for Gannett Manager of the Year in 1998.

“We’re pleased to have an executive of Dennis’ broad experience, energy and proven success to lead the Offset Group,” said Gary L. Watson, president of Gannett’s Newspaper Division. “We welcome Dennis and his wife, Pam, back to Virginia.”

Washburn succeeds Gary Stout, who was named president and publisher of The Daily News Leader at Staunton, Va., in January.

Gannett Offset is composed of the Gannett Offset print group and Gannett Marketing Services Group. The Offset print group’s dedicated commercial printing plants are located in Atlanta, Ga., Chandler, Ariz., Minneapolis, Minn., Miramar, Fla., Nashville, Tenn., Norwood, Mass., Pensacola, Fla., St. Louis, Mo. and Springfield, Va. The Marketing Services Group includes Telematch, a database management and data enhancement company based in Springfield, Va.; Gannett Direct Marketing Services, a direct-marketing company with operations in Louisville, Ky.; and Gannett TeleMarketing, a telephone sales and marketing company based in Springfield Va.

Gannett Co., Inc. is an international news and information company that publishes 74 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns a variety of non-daily publications and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. Newsquest plc, a wholly owned Gannett subsidiary acquired in mid-1999, is one of the largest regional newspaper publishers in England with a portfolio of more than 180 titles. Its publications include 11 daily newspapers with a combined circulation of approximately 450,000. Newsquest also publishes a variety of non-daily publications, including Berrow’s Worcester Journal, the oldest continuously published newspaper in the world. Gannett also operates 22 television stations and is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by most of its TV stations and newspapers including, one of the most popular news sites on the Web.