By: Tony Case

Gottlieb Retires as CEO at Lee Enterprises

(Mediaweek) Richard D. Gottlieb will retire in January as CEO of Iowa-based newspaper publisher Lee Enterprises Inc., he said Wednesday.

Mary E. Junck, president/COO, will succeed him as CEO, even though Gottlieb will remain chairman through January 2002.

“We intend to continue growing in newspaper publishing and online services, and Mary brings the leadership and the sense of urgency necessary to make that happen,” Gottlieb said in a statement.

Gottlieb, 58, has been CEO since 1991 and chairman since last January. He is a former chairman of the industry’s biggest trade group, the Newspaper Association of America.

Junck, 53, joined Lee in July 1999 as exec VP/COO and became president last January. One the newspaper business’s highest-ranking female executives, she has held high-level posts at Times Mirror and its Baltimore Sun, as well as at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She said Lee intended to build revenue more “aggressively, creatively and rapidly.”

Lee is in the process of selling nine network-affiliated and seven satellite TV stations to focus on its newspaper and online interests.

Tony Case is a senior editor at Mediaweek.

Copyright 2000, Editor & Publisher.

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