Director of Digital Publishing Howard Owens Leaves GateHouse

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Howard Owens has left GateHouse Media as director of digital publishing. Brad Dennison, GateHouse's current vice president of news, has been tapped to fill Owens role, according to a GateHouse memo obtained from Dan Kennedy's Media Nation.

Kirk Davis, GateHouse COO, wrote to employees: "Howard did volumes to advance our digital strategy and leaves GateHouse with our deep appreciation."

Dennison's new duties include overseeing the alignment of print and online, training and support.

The memo follows:

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DATE: February 20, 2009TO: GateHouse Media PublishersRegional ManagersGateHouse Media News EmployeesOnline Operations EmployeesFairport Employees

FROM: Kirk DavisRE: GateHouse News Division

As we adjust to the challenges confronting us, it is critically important that we remain positive and determined to emerge from this economic turmoil stronger than ever. As you know, the decisions we make must balance many needs ranging from controlling costs, maximizing our resources, evolving our print and online strategies and demonstrating to our employees that we'll move swiftly and communicate often as we navigate this recession.

Today, I'd like to outline some important changes with the aforementioned context in mind.

I'm pleased to announce an expansion of the services provided to you and our employees through the GateHouse News Division. Beginning today, Brad Dennison, VP News, will assume the additional responsibilities inherent in overseeing our online news operations and support. Brad will be incorporating Howard Owens' duties, as Howard has left the company. Howard did volumes to advance our digital strategy and leaves GateHouse with our deep appreciation.

In his expanded role, Brad will oversee and foster a stronger alignment of our print and online strategy, organizational structure, training and support. …