Magazine article Editor & Publisher

USAToday.com Visionary to Focus on Other Projects

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

USAToday.com Visionary to Focus on Other Projects

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Lorraine Cichowski will relinquish responsibilities as web site publisher with an eye towards developing new digital ventures

On the one-year anniversary of being named senior vice president and publisher of USAToday.com, Lorraine Cichowski is getting a new job - or is she? During the five-year existence of USAToday.com - for which she wrote the original business plan - Cichowski has managed to juggle the day-to-day operations of the Web site, while keeping an eye open for future new-media projects. As of March 1, she'll be responsible solely for exploring and reviewing new-media and digital ventures for Arlington, Va.-based USA Today.

Cichowski said the move is being made in anticipation of a number of important business deals coming down the pike this year.

"The number of those deals and size of those deals have gotten much bigger and much more serious, and we can't afford for me to be doing a day job as publisher of USAToday.com and juggling the rest of those reviews on the side or on Saturday afternoon," said Cichowski.

One such deal has already been announced. On Feb. 16, Gannett Co. Inc. purchased an interest in LuxuryLink. …

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