Gannett's U.S. Community Publishing division has named John Zidich president of the West Group. In addition to this new role, Zidich continues as president and publisher of The Arizona Republic. U.S. Community Publishing's West Group includes media organizations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Utah.
"John is a longtime Gannett executive who fully understands all aspects of our operations. He's one of our best strategic thinkers and continually demonstrates his commitment to serving our readers in a multi-platform world," said Robert Dickey, president of U.S. Community Publishing. "Phoenix will finish the year with one of the strongest metro performances across Gannett and John will bring that level of performance and his expertise to the entire group."
Zidich succeeds Laura Hollingsworth who has been named president of the newly created Midwest Group, which includes U.S. Community Publishing media located in Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin and South Dakota. Hollingsworth also continues in her role as president and publisher of The Des Moines Register.
Groups at a glance
West: Zidich, President – Phoenix
Mark Winkler, VP – Palm Springs, Visalia, Tulare, Salinas, Reno
Steve Silberman, VP – Salem, Great Falls, St. George, Fort Collins, Guam
Midwest: Hollingsworth, President – Des Moines, Iowa City, St. Cloud & Sioux Falls
Linda Ramey-Greiwe, VP – Springfield, Mountain Home and all Louisiana properties
Genia Lovett, VP – All Wisconsin properties
South: Hudler, President – Nashville and all Tennessee properties
Leslie Hurst, VP – Jackson (MS), Montgomery, Pensacola, Hattiesburg
Mark Mikolajczyk, VP – Brevard, Fort Myers, Tallahassee, Greenville, Asheville
East: Kane, President – Indianapolis, Rochester, Binghamton, Westchester, Poughkeepsie
Howard Griffin, VP – Wilmington, Cherry Hill, Staunton, Vineland, Burlington, Salisbury
Tom Donovan, VP – Asbury and all Northern New Jersey properties
Margaret Buchanan, VP – Cincinnati, Louisville, Richmond, Muncie, Lafayette, Lansing, Battle Creek, Port Huron, MNCO
Clearly, this is a big promotion for Zidich; he's now also a contender to replace Dickey. For Hollingsworth, is this a diminution in her overall authority? Kane? Hudler? Please post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write jimhopkins[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the rail, upper right.