Movement at Gannett; will Barbara Henry play?

Dateline: Thu 10 Jan 2008

Thanks to the reader who sent this today from Gannett HQ:

"Gannett's Sue Clark-Johnson Announces Plans to Retire in May

"MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sue Clark-Johnson, president of Gannett's NewspaperDivision, today announced her plans to retire in late May, 2008 after 40 years as a reporter, editor, publisher and senior executive at the global news and information company.

" I deeply respect Sue's decision, but we will miss her energy, vision, leadership and innovation," said Craig Dubow, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Gannett Co., In "Few people have had more influence over the direction, strategy and success of our newspapers and, lately, our online news efforts.

" 'Sue rose through Gannett's ranks to take a leadership role wherever she was posted. In 2000, after the acquisition of The Arizona Republic, Sue oversaw the rapid and challenging expansion in our Pacific Group operations. Her innovative and collaborative efforts helped shape and drive the success of our popular and highly praised Phoenix operations, including azcentral.com. Lately, her work in devising and implementing Information Centers at all of our community newspapers has been instrumental in creating the momentum for our strategic plan.

"He said a successor to Clark-Johnson will be named later.

"Clark-Johnson has been president of the Newspaper Division, the largest by circulation in the nation, since September, 2005. Prior to that, she was chairman and CEO of Phoenix Newspapers, Inc., which publishes The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com, and senior group president of Gannett's Pacific Newspaper Group, which had oversight responsibility for thirty-two companies throughout the West,

including Hawaii and Guam.

"She was Gannett's Manager of the Year in 1990."

Does this mean Barbara Henry, publisher of the Star in Indy, will move up the Gannett chain of command? She's also been named a manager of the year and certainly has been groomed for a top spot.

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