Top GCI exec Clark-Johnson is quote-a-licious!

I eagerly pounce on every Gannett press release announcing a new publisher, hoping it will include another one of those gushing, almost-sounds-real quotes attributed to Newspaper Division President Sue Clark-Johnson (left). I’m seldom disappointed. (Way to earn those big bucks, Corporate P.R.!) Here are three beauties, starting with one from Monday:

  • Roy Heatherly, The Jackson Sun, Dec. 17: “With his Jackson roots and love for the community, Roy is a perfect choice to head the Jackson operation. Plus, Roy’s management skills and wealth of knowledge about local advertising sales are great assets.” (Operation? I thought it was a newspaper — err, Information Center.)
  • Brad Robertson, The Burlington Free Press, Nov. 5: “Brad is a standout executive who had been a leader in innovation and strategic solutions for Gannett. These qualities are increasingly essential to the role of publisher, and Brad is a great example of our next generation of leaders. He is an excellent choice to succeed Jim [Carey] as publisher of Burlington.” (Had been a leader? Maybe that should have been is a leader?)
  • Randy Hammer, Asheville Citizen-Times, Oct. 26: “Randy’s rich background in the newspaper industry has made him a valuable asset to our company. Stepping him up to president and publisher is a great move for him and for Gannett. He will demonstrate excellent leadership at the Citizen-Times and in the Asheville community.” (Hmmm; another use of the word asset. Maybe it’s time to try resource?)

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