[Hunke, Ellwood, Payne]Publisher Dave Hunke sent the following memo to USA Today employees yesterday. I believe this event will mark the first company-wide appearance of Susie Ellwood, who was promoted to the paper's No. 2 executive post in June. She is likely Hunke's annointed successor.
Also at the meeting: David Payne, named Gannett's new chief digital officer in March, will detail a planned redesign of USAT's website, one of the most heavily trafficked news sites in the country.
This event comes as the paper approaches the one-year mark since Hunke announced a reorganization Aug. 26 to shore up advertising revenue and circulation. To date, there has been little public evidence of of its progress.
The memo's text:
From: USA TODAY Publisher
Date: August 5, 2011 16:39:32 EDT
Subject: Publisher's Update -- Thursday, August 11
USA Today Publisher’s Update Thursday, August 11, 2011
Please join Dave Hunke for a USA Today Publisher’s Update on Thursday, August 11, 2011 in the Tysons Auditorium at 4:00 p.m. For those outside Tysons, webcast and call-in details will be posted on the USA Today Intranet homepage.
Susie Ellwood, SVP/GM and Sandra Micek, SVP/Marketing, will give an overview of goals for the second half of the year. David Payne, Chief Digital Officer, will share his plans for the re-launch and re-design of USATODAY.com. Tom Beusse, President/Sports Media Group, will layout the foundation and strategy for the Sports group. Rudd Davis, VP/Business Development, has up-to-date information on USA Today's travel industry plans. Q&A with staff will follow the presentations.
Earlier: Hunke adds senior executive No. 15 to his team.