Knight Ridder Makes Senior Managment Changes

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By: E&P Staff

Knight Ridder CEO Tony Ridder announced changes to the senior management structure today.

Art Brisbane, currently the president and publisher of The Kansas City Star, and Hilary Schneider, currently vice president and CEO of Knight Ridder Digital, will become senior vice presidents of the company. Steve Rossi, president of the Newspaper Division, has been named senior vice president, CFO. All three will report to Ridder, effective Jan.1.

Brisbane and Schneider will share duties for the Newspaper Division. The vice presidents of news, circulation, and production will report to Brisbane; Schneider will oversee the vice presidents of marketing and, along with Ridder, technology.

Both Brisbane and Schneider will split duties of papers within Knight Ridder. Brisbane will be responsible for Philadelphia, Kansas City, Fort Worth, Charlotte, and St. Paul. Schneider will oversee papers in San Jose, Contra Costa, Miami, Detroit, Akron, and Lexington.

“This is excellent news for Knight Ridder,” said Ridder in a statement. “Three unusually talented individuals will fill three of the most critical positions in our company.”

Brisbane has been at the Star for seven years; prior to his duties as president and publisher, he served as executive editor for five years.

Schneider started as an investment banker before later becoming general manager of The Sun in Baltimore and then CEO of Red Herring Magazine. She will continue to oversee Knight Ridder Digital.

Ridder said that Rossi’s “outstanding analytical abilities” and 17 years of operational experience “ensure that he will be an exceptionally strong CFO.”

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