The Repository and other GateHouse Ohio publications will have a new leader.
Kevin Kampman, who took over the helm of The Repository in June 2007, said Tuesday he is leaving the company. His final day is June 1.
Taking over as publisher will be Chris White, senior vice president of sales and marketing.
Kampman “has been a major contributor to our young company, both at the corporate and local levels. And under his leadership, GateHouse Ohio has been a top performer for GateHouse, by any definition of the term — including solid financial performances and the heralded print and online journalism produced on his watch,” Brad Dennison, GateHouse Media’s Vice President of Publishing/Large Daily Division, said in a memo to employees.
Kampman, a native of the Cleveland area and a University of Akron graduate, began his career in the newspaper industry in 1980 in the circulation department of The Columbus Dispatch before taking roles at numerous publications.
He joined GateHouse Media from Birmingham, Ala., where he served as chief operating officer of Community First Newspapers.
Kampman, 55, said he is taking a role at the Omaha World-Herald Co.
“It was just a great opportunity. It took a lot to get me out there,” he said.
He said he is most proud of the editorial awards The Repository won during his tenure, including being named by the Associated Press as the best newspaper in its division six years in a row.
Kampman was active on numerous area boards, including chairing the United Way of Greater Stark County’s 2011 capital campaign with his wife, Deborah.
“It’s a wonderful place to live. Stark County has a lot to be proud of.”
Prior to joining GateHouse, White, 45, served as regional vice president of sales for Community Newspaper Holdings from 2005 to 2007 and worked with publications in Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi and Kentucky. He also served as publisher of The Edmond Sun and McAlester News-Capital in Oklahoma.
“It’s truly an honor to be appointed to this position. I’m proud of the team Kevin built and proud of the work we’ve done,” White said.
“My focus is to continue going down the path we’ve been heading and continue to serve more and more readers through our print and digital products.”
He and his wife, Laura, have four children. They live in Canton.
GateHouse Ohio papers include The Repository, The Independent in Massillon, The Times-Reporter in Dover-New Philadelphia and The Suburbanite publications in Green and Jackson Township.