Surkamer Returns to Chicago Newspaper Operations

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By: E&P Staff

Chicago-based Sun-Times Media Group Inc. (formerly Hollinger International) has named Rick Surkamer as operations vice president, with responsibility for prepress, production, distribution and customer service, facilities and procurement.

Most recently, Surkamer, 54, was president and chief operating officer of a Chicago-area building products manufacturer and distributor, where he led a team that improved operations while shedding non-core assets.

“Rick Surkamer has demonstrated leadership across a diverse set of industries and businesses, including printing, manufacturing, distribution, Internet services, technology and newspapers,” Sun-Times Media Group CEO Cyrus F. Freidheim Jr. said in announcing Surkamer’s appointment.

Surkamer began his newspaper career at the Chicago Tribune, where he held managerial positions in circulation, distribution and production. He also served as senior vice president for global marketing at press manufacturer Goss International, Bolingbrook, Ill.

A past chairman of the International Newspaper Group, Surkamer also is founding chair and member of the Economic Development Council of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and a long-time board member of the Illinois Alliance for Manufacturing.

Surkamer replaces acting operations vice president Scott Springer, who will transition his current activities and responsibilities to Surkamer and continue to support operations management.

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