Creative Loafing Inc. today announced Marty Petty as its new chief executive officer.
Petty is the former publisher and executive vice president of the St. Petersburg Times and Hartford Courant. She began her newspaper career at the Kansas City Star and Times in 1983.
Im invigorated by the possibilities to deepen relationships with our readers and advertisers and expand our influence in our communities, Petty said in a statement. The coverage areas which have differentiated and distinguished the alternative press historically may be more important than ever."
She continued: "This is an opportunity to lead a truly unique company in one of the most economically challenging times we have known. But these remain vibrant markets and its a wide open field as all media are challenged to redefine themselves to meet consumers changing lifestyles and information needs."
"[Petty] has solid journalistic values honed from her early career in the newsroom and her long-standing commitment to hard-hitting journalism," Interim CEO Richard Gilbert said in a statement. "All three of her last papers earned Pulitzer Prizes during her leadership. As publisher of two of the nations most highly respected newspapers, she has also earned a reputation as a skilled and creative marketing and sales executive who knows how to build strategic alliances to ensure success.
Petty will also join CL's board of directors. Gilbert, who's led the company since New York investment firm Atalaya Capital Managment LP took control from former owner Ben Eason in August, will remain on the board.
Tampa, Fla.-based Creative Loafing Inc. publishes alt-weeklies in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Tampa, Sarasota and Washington, D.C. It also publishes the Straight Dope column and website.
(Courtesy Creative Loafing Inc.)
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