‘Roanoke Times’ Pub Zomparelli to Join Kannon Consulting

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By: E&P Staff

Wendy Zomparelli, president and publisher of The Roanoke (Va.) Times, is joining Kannon Consulting. She announced her retirement in October after 22 years with the Times.

The Chicago-based firm is expanding to help clients with organizational structure, innovation, and performance management under Kannon Performance. Zomparelli has been tapped to lead the new practice.

“Wendy has had extensive experience in crafting business strategies that work,” Barbara Cohen, president and founder of Kannon, said in a statement. “She has driven results for her business by implementing sophisticated business plans based on concepts such as audience segmentation and has been in the forefront of newspaper executives forging innovative strategies for winning on the Internet.”

Under Zomparelli’s tenure as publisher, the Times has twice topped Scarborough Research’s report on the most-read newspapers. The paper, owned by Landmark Communications, has been the company’s top metro financial performer.

Zomparelli started at the Times as a staff writer eventually becoming features editor. She was named assistant to the publisher in 1992. In 1995, Zomparelli returned to the news department as editor and later served as vice president, general manager. She was appointed president and publisher in 2000.

“Joining Kannon is a terrific opportunity, because it will challenge me to translate what I have learned on the job into plans that help other businesses confront their threats and capture their opportunities,” Zomparelli said in a statement.

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