Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Des Moines | Former Cincy exec to ad sales chief

Wurzer
Mark Wurzur has been hired as vice president of sales, directing print and digital advertising for The Des Moines Register, effective Oct. 12. He is now chief marketing officer for Anschutz Corp.'s Clarity Media Group, which owns the San Francisco Examiner, Washington Examiner and examiner.com local news websites in 240 cities, the Register said yesterday.

Wurzer was also vice president of advertising and marketing for The Cincinnati Enquirer in 2001-2004; vice president of advertising for the Rocky Mountain News/Denver Newspaper Agency; and director of advertising for the Los Angeles Times.

12 comments:

  1. Is Wurzer in a newly created position?
    Is the Des Moines Register actually admitting they are in the same downward revenue spiral as the rest of Gannettland? We hear almost nothing from that site.
    So they are bringing in fresh blood to try to stop their bleeding.The circulation numbers have dropped hugely ,from Jim's chart info, and this is a statewide paper in a mostly rural state.There is not nearly the competition in Iowa as in city newspapers. More than likely the web in not as much a factor either .I believe that the DM Reg falling may be a real sign of Gannetts decline as that pub has been very strong through this decline.

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  2. Smart move, actually. They should realize good people move from company to company when opportunities present themselves, and usually are worth hiring back. This will put some energy back in the organization. Luring good former ad staff, and others, will boost outlook. It shows they can convince people the company is worth another shot.

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  3. Wurzer's a great guy. Worked with him in Cincinnati. Always brought a cooler of beer to the company softball games. Definitely not a Gannett-bred automaton.

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  4. Why did he leave Gannett in the first place?

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  5. 4:08, I think the better question is, why would he come back?

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  6. I worked with mark in Denver. He really is a good guy. I wish him well.

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  8. Jim: Is there some point at which you stop counting unsubstantiated claims, throw your hands up, and just run it? Holy shit. And, of course, it all COULD be true. But aren't you just a bit worried about someone finally suing your ass over shit like this produced by some raving nutball?

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  9. He's been offered a huge sum of money to come back. End of story. He may be a nice guy but will not be able to do anything to help. Just like Maryam- Many will lose their jobs to fund the high executive salary in this new and unnecessary position and nothing will be accomplished. I will have a beer with him tho...

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  11. "New and unnecessary"? Please. The guy's the ad director. I guess the "shoot all executives" crowd here would agree with "unnecessary," but "new"?

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  12. director of ad sales at any newspaper, anywhere, any company, today, couldn't imagine any worse purgatory.

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