McClatchy's Gary Pruitt Named President/CEO Of AP
March 22, 2012 at 3:06 PM (PT)
Newspaper publisher MCCLATCHY CO. President/CEO/Chairman GARY PRUITT has been named the new Pres./CEO of ASSOCIATED PRESS. PRUITT, who has served on AP's board for nine years and has been with MCCLATCHY for 28 years, will replace the retiring TOM CURLEY in JULY.
"In GARY, we have chosen a seasoned and worthy successor to TOM CURLEY to continue AP's transition to a digital news company," said MEDIANEWS Chairman and outgoing AP board Chairman DEAN SINGLETON. "GARY has deep experience in the changing world of the news industry, an acute business sense and an overriding understanding of and commitment to AP's news mission. His background as a First Amendment lawyer is a hand-in-glove fit with AP's long leadership role in fighting for open government and freedom of information. And, he knows AP well."
"The ASSOCIATED PRESS is the most important news organization in the world and an essential force in democracy," said PRUITT. "TOM CURLEY has made AP an industry leader in looking for new ways to grow in this digital era. AP's work on digital platforms, e-commerce models and making video fully accessible opens doors for new audiences for AP as well as AP print and broadcast members and customers. I'm honored to play a role in AP's next phase of growth and innovation."