Executive Leadership

Kirk Davis
Chief Executive Officer, GateHouse Media

Kirk Davis was named CEO of GateHouse Media in 2014. Kirk joined the company in 2006 as the leader of its New England operations and was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of GateHouse Media in 2009.
Prior to joining GateHouse, Kirk was CEO of Enterprise News Media LLC in Quincy, Mass. From 1995-2001, he held a variety of positions with Community Newspaper Company, a division of Fidelity Investments, where he served as President from 1998-2001. Previously, Kirk held a variety of senior management positions with Ingersoll Publications and Thomson Newspapers. He began his career at the Lancaster (Ohio) Eagle-Gazette, his hometown paper.
Kirk currently sits on the boards of the Associated Press, News Media Alliance and International News Media Association. He is a past Chairman of the Board of the Local Media Association and previously served on the board of the Alliance for Audited Media.

Paul Ameden
Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer

Paul Ameden joined the company in 2006 as CIO. In this role, he has responsibility for the entire IT community, including both the central organization and the distributed IT service teams. Paul is responsible for overall IT strategy for the company and oversees all of the company’s data centers and enterprise financial and newspaper systems applications. Additionally, Paul is part of the M&A team and responsible for transitioning acquired properties onto GateHouse Media’s business and technology platforms.

Bill Church
Senior Vice President of News/Austin American-Statesman Editor-in-Chief

Bill Church is a two-time Pulitzer jurist, and joined GateHouse in 2013 as the executive editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He previously served as southeast regional editor for GateHouse, and in 2019 added the role of Austin American-Statesman Editor-in-Chief to his responsibilities.

Jay Fogarty
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development

Jay plays a lead role in GateHouse Media’s merger and acquisition activities ranging from initial due diligence to interim leadership of acquired properties. Jay is also a key interfacer with New Media, GateHouse’s parent company, maintaining alignment through merger and acquisition processes. Additionally, he contributes to GateHouse’s efforts to establish new revenue streams, especially in the digital space, and assess transformative business opportunities.

Bradley M. Harmon
President and Publisher of The Columbus Dispatch

Bradley M. Harmon was appointed President and Publisher of the Dispatch Media Group covering The Columbus Dispatch and its comprehensive portfolio of print and digital products in October 2015. Brad also oversees GateHouse’s Ohio group, which includes the Akron Beacon Journal.

Blair Heavey
President of Sales

Blair Heavey, an accomplished senior sales and business executive, has leadership responsibility for B2B sales strategy and revenue growth.
In this role, Blair drives sales our overall sales transformation including digital, sales productivity and product innovation, identifies best practices and methodologies, and collaborates across GateHouse to ensure the success of the company’s revenue growth.

Samantha Howland
Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Samantha has a broad background in human resources, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, and with specialties in organizational and leadership development. Samantha focuses on enabling high-performance cultures by bringing people processes in line with organizational strategy.

Edward J. Knauf
Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

As Chief Accounting Officer, Ed oversees all of the company’s accounting functions, including field financial operations, financial planning and analysis, centralized accounts payable and payroll, general ledger consolidation, technical accounting and public company reporting. Prior to joining GateHouse in early 2018, he spent the last eleven years as a public company corporate controller.

Jeff Moriarty
Senior Vice President of Digital

Jeff Moriarty joined GateHouse in April 2018 with an extensive background in digital media and in building and monetizing digital products across local, national and niche publications.
Jeff is responsible for guiding GateHouse newspapers’ digital vision, product development and audience growth, in collaboration with the company’s News, Consumer Marketing, and B2B sales teams to drive innovation, audience engagement and both consumer and advertising revenue across digital platforms.

Adam Reinebach
CEO and President, BridgeTower Media

Adam Reinebach has been President and CEO of BridgeTower Media, the B2B information subsidiary of GateHouse, since February 2016. During the past few years, the company has done five acquisitions, most recently purchasing Progressive Business Media, based in Greensboro, N.C.

Denise Robbins
Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing

Denise Robbins joined GateHouse Media as Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing in July 2017. She is charged with optimizing the company’s traditional newspaper circulation revenue stream. Additionally, Denise is responsible for developing new consumer-driven revenue streams, in partnership with GateHouse’s content, product and strategy teams.

Rebecca Roth
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning

In November 2018, Becca was named Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning, to include leadership of the company’s marketing strategy & communications team. In her role, Becca works closely with the company’s content, product and revenue teams on strategic initiatives, with particular focus on digital. She also works closely with the executive team on the definition, prioritization and communication of corporate goals and strategy.

Polly Grunfeld Sack
General Counsel/Senior Vice President/Secretary

Polly Grunfeld Sack joined GateHouse Media as its chief legal officer in May 2006 after 14 years with sports, media and entertainment company IMG. From 2001 until joining GateHouse, she served as IMG’s Senior Vice President and Director of Mergers and Acquisitions.

Bernie Szachara
President of Newspaper Operations

As head of newspaper operations, Bernie oversees all of GateHouse’s regional business leaders — both regional vice presidents and publishers. He also oversees GateHouse’s manufacturing and distribution operations, and advertising operations.

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