Following is a memo USA Today Publisher Dave Hunke distributed to employees yesterday.
TO: USA TODAY staff
FROM: Dave Hunke
President and Publisher, USA TODAY
USA TODAY ANNOUNCES ORGANIZATIONAL RESTRUCTURING
I am pleased to announce today an executive management team that will be in charge of transforming USA TODAY into a multi-media company. We are excited by the appointment of key executives as well as the creation of new departments that will lead this evolution.
Rudd Davis will join USA TODAY as Vice President of Business Development, heading a new department which will develop and secure new business opportunities and partnerships including brand licensing, content syndication, acquisitions and joint ventures. Davis will also assume oversight of USA TODAY’s retail, hotel and education-based partnerships.
Jeff Dionise has been appointed Vice President of Product Development and Design, a new department which will focus on research and development of new USA TODAY products across the brand. Dionise will also be responsible for refinements and enhancements to current USA TODAY products.
Heather Frank has been named Vice President of Vertical Development, overseeing the department dedicated to the creation and implementation of new as well as existing vertical content areas. Frank was previously general manager of USA TODAY’s “Your Life” health and lifestyle vertical, which will launch in September.
Brad Jones has been named Senior Vice President of Circulation charged with growing print circulation and working collaboratively with Business Development and Sales and Marketing to build and deliver client-based solutions that maximize customer relationships and revenue opportunities.
Steve Kurtz has been named Vice President of Digital Development, with a new department which will focus on developing and maintaining technology and systems to support USA TODAY’s existing dotcom, mobile, iPhone and iPad platforms. Kurtz will also oversee the development as well as acquisition of digital and emerging platform space.
Ross Schaufelberger has been named Vice President and General Manager of the new USA TODAY Sports, which will be distinguished as a national brand and provide a sports platform for USA TODAY sports content as well as multiple media content assets and products from Gannett-wide properties.
Myron Maslowsky, USA TODAY’s Vice President of Finance since 2002, has been appointed to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Group Finance and Administration. In addition to USA TODAY Finance, Maslowsky will now also oversee USA TODAY’s Information Technology and Human Resources departments.
Also announced in USA TODAY Group Finance and Administration was the naming of Susan Motiff to the newly created position of Vice President, Strategic Planning, Analysis and Support. Motiff will oversee financial analysis and modeling for USA TODAY brands, including planning for and analysis of business and development opportunities.
John Hillkirk, Editor, also announced two new appointments in USA TODAY news. Susan Weiss, has been named Executive Editor, Content and Chet Czarniak has been announced as Executive Editor, Content Distribution and Programming for USA TODAY’s print, dotcom and mobile/apps news and information platforms.
These key executive appointments will join the current USA TODAY leadership team, which includes Lee Jones, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing; Ken Kirkhart, Vice President, Production; and John Palmisano, Vice President of Information Technology.
Please join me in congratulating all those joining the new leadership team of USA TODAY.
Over the next day, managers will meet with their staffs to give fuller details and to answer any questions you may have. Details will also be posted to the Tracking the Transformation page on the USA TODAY intranet by Friday afternoon.