Archive for February, 2007

In new director choice, a fizzy background

February 27, 2007

Fizzy as in soft drinks. The new board member is Charles B. Fruit, senior advisor in marketing, strategy and innovation for the Coca-Cola Co., according to this just-out press release.

CEO Craig Dubow notes his marketing background: “Chuck’s marketing experience with The Coca-Cola Company will be a tremendous asset for Gannett as we move forward with our strategic plan,” said Craig A. Dubow, Gannett’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We are extremely pleased that Chuck has chosen to join Gannett’s Board.”

But Gannett Blog also notes his connection to the television industry: Fruit also is a director at TiVo.

By our count, Fruit is the fourth new director chosen under Dubow’s watch. With his election, the board now has nine members. Of them, just two have media backgrounds: Dubow and retired Associated Press CEO Louis D. Boccardi. Question for Gannett Blog readers: Is that lack of greater media representation on the board a good thing or a bad thing in terms of GCI’s finding a way forward?

Renewed talk of Conn. paper sale by Tribune

February 25, 2007

The Chicago Tribune, in this story about real estate developer Sam Zell’s interest in the parent company, quotes sources it does not identify saying: “Tribune is also exploring selling its newspapers in Stamford and Greenwich, Conn., to Gannett Co.”