?USA Today? Appointments Continue with New Content Distribution/ Programming Chief

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By: E&P Staff

Chet Czarniak has been named executive editor/content distribution and programming for USA Today — one of several appointments announced on the business side at the Nation’s Newspaper in the past week.

Czarniak, who most recently was network managing editor, will now be responsible for content distribution and programming for USA Today’s print, online and mobile news and information platforms. He joined the newsroom in 1983 as a sports reporter, and later served as assignment editor and special projects editor. He joined the online side as USATODAY.com’s sports editor in 1999 before being named online managing editor the following year. He was named network managing editor in 2008.

Prior to joining USA Today, Czarniak held positions at Gannett News Service and the Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum, Penn.  

“Chet’s experience at USA TODAY in both the print and online newsrooms make him an excellent choice for this new position,” Editor John Hillkirk said in a statement. “His new role will ensure that content will flow efficiently from the newsroom to all of our platforms.”

USA Today has announced that it will lay off some 130 layoffs this fall, roughly a 9% reduction in its workforce. That shakeup comes with news of several other key appointments on the business side.

Jeff Dionise has been named vice president of product development and design. Dionise has previously served as director of design for USATODAY.com. Heather Frank has been named vice president of vertical development. Frank previously was general manager of USA Today’s “Your Life” health and lifestyle vertical. Before joining the newspaper this year, she led the content programming and operations teams for RevolutionHealth.com.

Steve Kurtz has been appointed vice president of digital development. Kurtz previously served as director of digital information technology for USATODAY.com. Brad Jones has been named senior vice president of circulation. Jones, formerly vice president of circulation business operations, succeeds Larry Lindquist, senior vice president of circulation, who is retiring after more than 29 years with Gannett and USA Today.

Myron Maslowsky has been appointed to the newly created position of senior vice president/group finance and administration. He will now also oversee USA Today’s information technology and human resources departments. Most recently, Maslowsky was VP/finance. Susan Motiff has been named to the newly created position of VP/strategic planning, analysis and support. Motiff previously served as group controller Gannett Offset/USA Today’s decision support for the finance departments of USA TODAY, Gannett Offset and Gannett Digital.

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