Aldam succeeds president-CEO of Smith Kroeger Marketing Communications Terry Kroeger.
Also elected to the Alliance Board are: Kirk Davis, CEO, GateHouse Media (Vice Chairman); Terry Egger, CEO Government Affairs, News Corp (Treasurer).
News Media Alliance President-CEO David Chavern stated of Aldem’s appointment: “Going into 2020, [Aldam] understands the importance of positioning ourselves as an industry that can grow and adapt our print and digital businesses to the changing landscape.”
Aldem, who joined Hearst as publisher of the Albany Times Union in 2006, took on his current role in February 2018. Prior to that appointment, he was president of Hearst Newspapers and a senior vice president and director of Hearst.
As president of Hearst Newspapers, Aldem oversaw a division comprised of 4,000 employees and publisher of 24 dailies and 64 weeklies, including Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and Albany Times Union.
Aldem also served as advertising director and, later, senior vice president-COO, of The Hartford Courant, which he joined in 1994.
Aldem stated of his role as chairman: “It is an exciting time for news media, as people increasingly recognize the critical importance of high-quality news. It is also a time of challenges for the industry, including attacks on the press and changing business models to compete with the dominant platforms.
The organization is at the forefront of advocating for news publishers’ rights and ensuring continued access to quality news.”