Gannett Appoints Two Executives to Succeed Clark-Johnson

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By: E&P Staff

Gannett announced two executive appointments today. Robert J. Dickey will become senior group president of the Pacific Newspaper Group and chairman of Phoenix Newspapers. John M. Zidich will become president and publisher of The Arizona Republic in Phoenix.

They succeed Sue Clark-Johnson, who held both titles until being named president of the newspaper division earlier this month. Her appointment is effective Oct. 1.

In his new role, Dickey will oversee Gannett publications in the Western part of the United States including Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah. Previously he was vice president of the Pacific Group and president and publisher of The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif.

Most recently Zidich was president and chief operating officer of the Arizona Republic.

Dickey joined Gannett at the Reno (NV) Gazette Journal in 1989 where he served as retail advertising manager and advertising director. He became president and publisher of the Desert Sun in 1993 and added the title vice president of the Pacific Group in 1997. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Tidings in Ashland, Ore. in 1981.

Zidich began his career in 1977 as a circulation district manager at The Record, a Gannett newspaper in Stockton, Calif. He moved to the Gazette Journal in Reno as retail advertising manager in 1987 and became president and publisher in 2000. He became executive vice president of the Arizona Republic in 2001 and president and COO in 2004.

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