Ottaway Newspapers Names VP/Operations

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Zeke Fleet, publisher of the Traverse City Record-Eagle, has been named vice president for operations and advertising with the paper’s parent company, Ottaway Newspapers Inc.

Fleet will assume his newly created post May 31, John P. Kinney, Ottaway’s senior vice president, said Monday. Fleet will work out of the company headquarters in Campbell Hall, N.Y.

“He will have corporate oversight of a key part of the business, advertising, and operational responsibility for several newspaper divisions,” Kinney said.

Ottaway, a subsidiary of Dow Jones & Co., publishes 15 daily, 12 Sunday and 18 weekly newspapers and more than 20 other publications in nine states.

Fleet said he looks forward to helping the papers in the Ottaway chain improve operations.

“We’re at a pivotal time in our communications industry,” Fleet said. “It makes it exciting for me to be part of this transition.”

His successor at the Record-Eagle has not been appointed yet.

Fleet became publisher in Traverse City in 2000 after the death of his predecessor, Frank Senger.

Fleet had spent nine years with the Record-Eagle as advertising and marketing director, assistant to the publisher and general manager before becoming publisher of the Press-Republican in Plattsburgh, N.Y., in 1998.

He also has worked for The Oakland Press, the Lansing State Journal and The Daily News of Greenville.

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