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In GateHouse News
Stirpe Named VP/HR
Denee Stirpe is GateHouse Media’s new
vice president of human resources. She most
recently served as human resources executive
for Xerox Corporation's Large Enterprise Op-
eration, a division with over 8,000 employees.
"Denee's human resource experience,
together with her HR leadership roles at Xerox
have provided her with a rich background in
organizational design, change management,
mergers & acquisitions, talent management,
compensation and strategic workforce plan-
ning," said Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse
Media. "These are exactly the qualities and
experience we need to support the company's
recent and anticipated growth."
Richards to Virginia
Craig Richards has been named as the
new publisher of The Progress-Index in Peters-
"I am thrilled to have someone of Craig's
caliber as the next publisher of The Progress
Index," said Josh Trust, regional vice president
of parent company GateHouse Media. "Craig
believes deeply in a newspaper serving its
community and I know he will quickly im-
merse himself in Petersburg and surrounding
communities we serve."
Prior to joining The Progress-Index team,
he served as the publisher of the Hopewell
News (VA). Richards' media career has
spanned more than 25 years.
Smith to Illinois
Wes Smith has been named publisher of a
group of GateHouse Media's Illinois properties
in Henry County and the Pontiac area, includ-
ing the Star Courier.
He comes to GateHouse from a position of
director of sales for PennySaver USA in the Los
Angeles area. There, he was responsible for six
regional managers, 68 sales representatives
and $40 million in revenue.
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Clark Brings Good
Luck With Him
With contribution by
Scarcely a week
after John Clark began
his new job as publisher
of the Capital Journal in
Pierre, South Dakota, two
children fishing in 90 feet
of water on nearby Lake Oahe landed a Chinook
salmon that weighed 23 pounds 5.76 ounces.
“It was a good sign,” Clark said. That was just
shy of the state record of 23 pounds 14 ounces,
and it reminded Clark – an avid hunter and
fisherman himself – that running a newspaper
in an outdoors destination such as
Pierre means he'll understand his readers.
Clark comes to the newspaper from Dela-
ware, Ohio, where he spent several years as
a group publisher for Civitas Media. He was
responsible for 19 daily and weekly newspapers
in seven markets.
“We are so pleased to have John join the
Wick family. His experience and knowledge will
serve the Capital Journal and Pierre community
well,” said Randy Rickman the Wick Commu-
nications regional publisher based in Williston,
North Dakota. Rickman oversees
the Capital Journal.
Terry Geiger has been
named the company’s
vice president, technol-
ogy. In this newly created
role, Geiger becomes the
company's top technology
executive and a member
senior management team.
"Terry has been a key leader in advanc-
ing our technology platform strategies and
initiatives for quite some time," said McClatchy
President and CEO Pat Talamantes. "His ap-
pointment to this new role speaks directly to the
successes he's led throughout the years. I am
pleased to have him at the helm of our technol-
ogy efforts as we continue the company's digital
In CNHI News
Pustaver named Chief Financial Officer
Sixteen-year veteran of Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. Jenni-
fer Pustaver takes the reins as its new Chief Financial Officer this month.
Pustaver has served as CNHI’s senior vice president of finance for the
past three years. She has been with the company for nearly 16 years in
various financial executive positions.
Pustaver succeeds Lynn Pearson, who has been CNHI’s longtime
chief financial officer. She stepped down last month to return to her
hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
New Publisher in Corsicana
Jake Mienk, an experienced newspaper executive, has been named
publisher of the Corsicana Daily Sun. He is currently the publisher of the
Palestine Herald-Press and will continue in that role as well as serving as
publisher of the Daily Sun. Both papers are in Texas.
"Jake is one of our company's brightest young executives, and we are
delighted that he will be bringing his many talents to Corsicana as pub-
lisher of the Daily Sun," said Steve McPhaul, executive vice president
and chief operating officer of CNHI, the paper's parent company.
Smith Takes Over in Texas
Jeff Smith is the new publisher and advertising director of the Weath-
er Democrat and Mineral Wells Index in Texas. He was most recently
advertising director of The Eagle in Bryan College Station, Texas, and is
returning to his former position in Weatherford.
"We are delighted to have Jeff back working with our company. He
has been greatly missed," said McPhaul. "I am confident he will con-
tinue to do the same excellent job that he previously did running these
newspapers in two exceptional Texas markets."
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