By: Joe Strupp
Charles “Chas” McKeown, a veteran newspaper-industry sales and marketing executive, has been appointed publisher of Editor & Publisher, Adweek Magazines Senior Vice President for Sales Wright Ferguson Jr. announced recently. McKeown, 55, brings nearly 30 years of newspaper-related experience to the job, where he will oversee E&P‘s business-side operations.
“I’ve read this magazine my whole life, every week,” McKeown said upon moving into his new office in New York. “I want E&P to remain the bible of the industry, while expanding its audience.”
McKeown started out in 1970 as a credit/sales representative with Dun & Bradstreet in Philadelphia. After two years, he joined Sawyer Ferguson Walker Co. and began a successful career with the newspaper rep firm that lasted nearly 25 years. During that time, he created sales programs, organized companywide strategy meetings, and acquired a reputation for allowing group decision-making efforts and open discussions. After leaving Sawyer Ferguson Walker in 1996, McKeown entered the Web world as vice president of sales and account management for CMGI’s MyWay/Zip2, a Net-software-technology company that created portals for newspapers and other companies.
As he looks ahead to E&P‘s future, McKeown said both the magazine and the industry it covers are headed for positive times in 2002. Citing the coming power of media convergence and likely easing of the federal cross-ownership ban, the publisher said he believes newspapers will be well-positioned to exert their influence: “Newspapers have an opportunity to dominate the new combined entities.”
A Philadelphia native, McKeown holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Bernard College in Cullman, Ala. He is married and the father of three daughters.