Imtiaz Patel, the chief executive officer of The Baltimore Banner, will step down on July 7 to join the senior leadership of Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper chain, he announced in a memo to staff Wednesday morning.
During his tenure, Patel has helped grow The Banner from a concept to one of the largest local news startups in the country. The nonprofit digital news site first published on June 14, 2022, and now has 100 employees, including about 65 in the newsroom.
During the national search for a new CEO, former Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory will help lead the nonprofit through the transition. McGrory is currently a member of the board and consults regularly with leadership. He is the chair of the journalism department at Boston University.
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