Gannett Searches For CEO After Robert Dickey Announces Retirement Plans

Gannett has announced its CEO Robert Dickey will retire by May and may step down sooner if the company finds his replacement.

Dickey has served as the chief executive at Gannett, which publishes USA Today and 109 local media properties, since 2015. He has been at the company for 10 years.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Gannett is looking at both internal and external candidates. It has hired a search firm to find a new CEO.

Gannett is the country’s largest newspaper publisher by circulation.

Dickey joins a number of chief executives at media companies who have recently announced their plans to leave their posts.

Just last week, Condé Nast’s CEO Bob Sauerberg announced he was leaving after eight years at the helm, as the company moves to combine its U.S. and international operations. The publisher is searching for an external global CEO to lead the company.



Chris Stibbs announced he would step down from The Economist Group that same week, after five years as CEO and 13 years at the company. He will leave once the board appoints a successor.

Dickey was formerly president of Gannett’s local newspaper publishing division.

Under his leadership, Gannett launched the USA Today Network, consolidating USA Today and media businesses in 92 local markets under one umbrella. The company also acquired the Journal Media Group, which includes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and 14 other newspapers, under Dickey's tenure, as well as the North Jersey Media Group and digital marketing division ReachLocal.

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