Gannett Names Two Publishers in Tennessee and Wisconsin

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By: E&P Staff

Gannett announced that Ellen Leifeld has been named president and publisher of The Tennessean in Nashville and vice president of the Interstate Group. She replaces Leslie Giallombardo, who resigned and announced plans to form her own business.

Tove Hicks-Klund will succeed Leifeld as president and publisher of The Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wis., and as a group vice president in the Midwest Group. Previously, she was vice president of sales and marketing for the Gannett Wisconsin group of newspapers.

Leifeld began her Gannett career in the newsroom of the Fremont (Neb.) Tribune in 1974, where she worked for six years. She returned to the company in 1984 as an editor at the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal. She later served as executive editor of the Battle Creek (Mich.) Enquirer and managing editor of the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle.

In 1994, she was appointed president and publisher of the Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal. Three years later, she returned to the Battle Creek newspaper as president and publisher and as a vice president in the Midwest Group. In 2002, she moved to Appleton and the Winnebago Group.

Hicks-Klund joined Gannett in 1995 after holding management positions at a Texas newspaper. Her first assignment was as retail advertising manager at the El Paso (Texas) Times, where she later served as market development director. In 1998, she was named advertising director of the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times. In 2000, she assumed a similar position at the Green Bay (Wis.) Press-Gazette. In 2003, she added responsibilities for advertising at all of the Winnebago Group newspapers.

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