By: E&P Staff
Dow Jones & Co. appointed a new CEO for its Ottaway Group, tapping Andrew Langhoff, the group’s senior vice president and general counsel. Langhoff succeeds John Wilcox who is retiring.
“These are profitable papers in strong markets with a record of achievement in journalism and in business,” Les Hinton, Dow Jones chief executive, said in a statement. “Andrew’s experience with Ottaway and with online technology and business development make him the ideal leader for this successful local media franchise as Dow Jones moves forward with News Corporation.”
Langhoff joined Ottaway in 2003 as general counsel eventually overseeing Internet development. Before joining Dow Jones, he worked at the digital side of Walt Disney Co., where he helped launch ABCNews.com, Oprah.com, and Oscar.com as well as running business development at ESPN.com.
“Over the past few years, Ottaway has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative local media groups in the country,” Langhoff said in a statement. “We intend to continue to develop a portfolio of products that serves the information needs of our readers and the marketing needs of our advertisers.”
Wilcox stared his journalism career in 1970 and joined Ottaway in 1979. He served as the company’s general manager, publisher and executive vice president. He was named president in 2003 and CEO of the group in 2006 as well as senior vice president of Dow Jones.
“For more than seven decades, Ottaway has been ‘the little company that could,'” Wilcox said in a statement. “Our success has come through hard and smart work, and because we stand on the shoulders of extraordinary colleagues who have gone before us. My successor Andrew Langhoff and his team live and breathe innovation and – working with our fine publishers and others throughout the company – will undoubtedly take Ottaway to the next level.”
Ottaway publishes eight dailies and 15 weekly newspapers.