He will report to David Payne, who was named chief digital officer in mid-March. I believe Gelman is Payne's first major hire. Such an appointment had been the subject of speculation two days ago here on Gannett Blog.
In a statement, Corporate said: "Gelman was a vice president at Examiner.com and chief operating officer at THX Ltd. From 2001 to 2008, he managed operations at CNN.com as senior vice president and executive producer, extending the CNN brand to multiple digital platforms and achieving double-digit revenue and traffic growth for eight consecutive years. Gelman and Payne worked together to relaunch CNN.com in 2007."
Gelman also has a background in newspapering, according to the statement, which says: "In addition, Gelman worked as projects editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (1997-1998), editor-in-chief of ESPN.com (1995-1997) and as a reporter at New York Newsday (1986-1995) when it won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for spot news coverage of a fatal subway crash. He also worked as a stringer for Time magazine and authored six children's books for the interactive 'Play-It-Your-Way' sports series."