Bob Cole to Head ACN Minnesota Papers

By: E&P Staff

Bob Cole has been appointed publisher of American Community Newspapers’ (ACN) Minnesota Sun Newspapers, effective March 24.

In his new role, Cole will have oversight of the group’s one daily and 43 weekly publications. He will report directly to ACN Chairman and CEO Gene Carr.

“Bob’s extensive track record and 19 years in senior executive positions managing newspaper properties makes him a perfect fit for Minnesota Sun Newspapers,” Carr said in a statement. “We have a great opportunity in our Minnesota operations and believe Bob can bring the vision and operational excellence we need in the market.”

Cole was previously marketing director of ECM Publishers, which publishes 26 weekly community newspapers. While at ECM, Cole developed online products, oversaw sales and training, and helped with acquisitions.

“I’m confident that my ability to navigate through a variety of market cycles in the past and my strong local relationships will bring value to the Minnesota cluster,” Cole said in a statement.

Cole currently serves as director and treasurer of the Independent Free Papers of America.

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