Kirk Davis to Head ‘Patriot Ledger’

By: Jennifer Saba

Enterprise NewsMedia, which publishes The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass., has named Kirk Davis president and CEO of the company and publisher of the Ledger. Current Enterprise NewsMedia CEO James Plugh will become vice chairman in order to “devote more time to potential acquisitions,” according to a statement.

Davis was once president and publisher of Community Newspaper Co. During his tenure there, he oversaw the sale of CNC to Herald Media. Davis left the company in September 2001 and shortly thereafter acquired his own company, Holden Landmark Corp., which publishes The Landmark, The Community Journal and Bay State Parent magazine. Davis also took a position as vice president of publishing with Turley Publications, which owns 16 community newspapers and shoppers. Due to his new position at Enterprise NewsMedia, Davis resigned from Turley and relinquished his executive positions with Holden, though he retains ownership of Holden.

“Holden Landmark is a very small company though I’m very proud of it,” Davis said. “I’ve always had tremendous respect for The Patriot Ledger and I was honored when Jim, whom I’ve known for 20 years, asked me to follow in his footsteps.”

Davis said he plans to hit the ground running. “Having spent 10 years in this area, I have a war chest of things I’m anxious to persue,” he said, though declining to elaborate. Before making any changes, Davis plans to bounce ideas off senior staff. “There are a lot of opportunities to broaden our footprint in the Boston market.”

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