Gannett, the international media company which owns the likes of USA Today, has named Howard Griffin as vice president/national sales for its US Community Publishing (USCP) unit.
He now reports directly to Mary Murcko, Gannett's president of sales, and will be based in New York City.
"Howard has a proven track record of local and national sales success, having developed high-impact, multi-media opportunities for advertisers across the country," said Murcko. "Howard's day-to-day experience as a publisher, coupled with his demonstrated ability to grow sales through strategic and integrated customer solutions, will be invaluable in helping national sales showcase the unique selling opportunities across the USCP portfolio."
Most recently, Griffin served as president and publisher of The News Journal, where he was responsible for building sales and competitive market share for the media organisation.
Prior to joining Gannett, Griffin was the vice president of national advertising for Philadelphia Media Network, Inc., the parent company of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com.
Griffin has also held executive advertising and marketing positions with such media organisations including the Journal Register Company; Hawaii Newspaper Agency; Chicago Sun-Times; and The Orange County Register.