TUCSON, AZ--(Marketwired - Mar 10, 2014) - Chase Rankin, vice president of advertising, sales and marketing, has been promoted to president and publisher of the Arizona Daily Star.
The announcement was made today by Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE) and Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI). The Daily Star is owned by Lee, and its business operations are owned jointly by Lee and Gannett.
Rankin, 39, succeeds John M. Humenik, who has advanced to Lee group publisher for Tucson and Madison, Wisconsin.
In meetings this afternoon with the staff, Humenik said: "Chase's elevation to a greater level of responsibility is a well-earned promotion. He's done a terrific job bringing innovative solutions to our advertisers, as well as being engaged with our community and staff. His passion for growing our business coupled with his almost limitless energy and strategic leadership will keep the Daily Star strong for years to come."
In his three years as the Daily Star's vice president of advertising, sales and marketing, Rankin received a Lee President's award for Innovation, and was a key leader in helping the organization earn Lee's highest honor, Enterprise of the Year, in 2013 and become a finalist for the award in 2012.
Rankin began his newspaper career at the Des Moines Register and moved to the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2000. At the Star Tribune he held multiple sales positions and won the sales person of the year award before becoming automotive sales manager in 2004. In 2006 he joined Lee Enterprises as director of the Suburban Journals in St. Louis, earning a Lee President Award for the launch of the Journals' websites. Before his promotion to Tucson, he was director of advertising at Lee's River Valley Newspaper Group based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. There, he helped the team win Lee's Enterprise of the Year award in 2011.
Rankin comes from a newspaper family. His parents published weekly newspapers and continue to own and operate multiple specialty trade magazines. He is a graduate of Drake University, where he earned a degree in advertising management and a master's degree in integrated corporate communications. He and his wife, Lynn, reside in Oro Valley, Arizona, where they have a 9-year-old son, 2-year-old daughter, and a newborn baby boy.
"I am honored and excited by this opportunity to lead the Daily Star," he said. "We have a proven record of success helping our readers connect with the community and advertisers reaching their desired markets. We look forward to furthering our mission of serving Tucson with even more engagement, innovations and value. Tucson is a great community, and my wife and I feel it's a privilege to raise our family here."
About Lee Enterprises
Lee Enterprises is a leading provider of local news and information, and a major platform for advertising, in its markets, with 46 daily newspapers and a joint interest in four others, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 300 specialty publications in 22 states. Lee's newspapers have circulation of 1.2 million daily and 1.6 million Sunday, reaching nearly four million readers in print alone. Lee's websites and mobile and tablet products attracted 25.6 million unique visitors in December 2013. Lee's markets include St. Louis, MO; Lincoln, NE; Madison, WI; Davenport, IA; Billings, MT; Bloomington, IL; and Tucson, AZ. Lee Common Stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LEE. For more information about Lee, please visit lee.net.
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an international media and marketing solutions company that informs and engages more than 110 million people every month through its powerful network of broadcast, digital, mobile and publishing properties. Our portfolio of trusted brands offers marketers unmatched local-to-national reach and customizable, innovative marketing solutions across any platform. Gannett is committed to connecting people -- and the companies who want to reach them -- with their interests and communities. For more information, visit www.gannett.com.