From: Johnston, Eric - Modesto
Sent: Mon 10/26/2009 2:46 PM
To: MODB Everyone
Subject: Organizational announcement
Good afternoon everyone,
Last week I announced the beginning of an operational reorganization that would result in changes throughout our company. Last week I detailed changes in our finance department and today I am pleased to outline the final portions of our reorganization.
Through this process we have worked to structure our company in a way that will allow us to operate efficiently with reduced resources, continue to provide top-level services to our customers and readers and prepare for future growth opportunities. These changes place greater emphasis on core areas including interactive development, classified advertising and production and operations.
With an eye towards future growth, Dan Day will be responsible for our interactive operations, including strategy, product development and audience growth. Dan will report to both Mark Vasche and Tim Ritchey, placing heavy focus on increasing our already strong interactive revenue opportunities. Dan will continue to have oversight of our daily online production operation and staff. He will take on management of our online business development strategy and will be joined in this effort by Jim Robbins and Corina Aguilar.
Each day more than 200,000 people read The Modesto Bee and owe it to them to produce the best quality product we can. Mike Dunbar will take on additional responsibility and oversee production for our entire product - both editorial and advertising. Mike will report directly to Mark Vasche. In this role Evie Landeros and Amber Capulin will report directly to Mike and he will be our go-to person for our production relationship with The Sacramento Bee. In our efforts to refine our internal production systems, Matt Bowers will also be part of Mike's team helping to create greater technological integration between our print and online products.
Classified advertising has long been a staple of our business, but in recent years it has proven an increasing challenge. With her nationally-recognized skill managing classified marketplaces, Deanna Whitmore will assume oversight of our classified advertising operation. Her institutional knowledge of our business, as well as her creative insight into the future of our business will be critical to our future success.
Every newspaper needs a timely and accurate delivery system. Craig MacKenzie will be assuming additional duties managing our print distribution processes, including all of our home delivery and single copy contractor relationships.
Through your efforts we continue to develop into a 21st century media company. Thank you for all you do and please join me in congratulating those above and wishing them great success in their new roles.
Publisher & President
Not sure what to make of this -- other than it doesn't look like a shakeup. I understand Jim Robbins is coming back to the paper after being gone more than 2 years. What do you think?