Courier-Journal President Wes Jackson has been named the new president of USA TODAY Network Automotive, the company announced today.
Jackson said the new team will “harness Gannett’s powerful foundation of automotive relationships, marketing services and local market expertise to build one comprehensive automotive business focused on the needs of the automotive industry.”
The automotive network does business with more than 4,500 automotive dealers and most manufacturers across Gannett’s 109 local markets. Additionally, it offers a broad suite of marketing solutions at the national, regional and local level that include award-winning tools from Cars.com and Reach Local’s best-in-class digital marketing solutions.
Jackson, who lives in Louisville with his wife, Julie, and their three children, will remain based at the Courier-Journal. Day-to-day operations of the Courier-Journal will be headed by Vice President and General Manager Chad Smith, who will report to Eddie Tyner, current regional president of Gannett Ohio. Smith will expand his public role for the Courier-Journal. Tyner plans to split his time between Louisville and Cincinnati, and he will take an active role in the Louisville community as regional president of USA TODAY Network for Ohio and Louisville.
“Commitment to community and providing great career opportunities for our talented employees are both core values of our company. A day like today is clearly a celebration,” said Karen Ferguson Fuson, president of the USA TODAY Network West Group. “Wes Jackson taking the lead for the USA TODAY Network as president of our automotive group is because of the tremendous leadership he has demonstrated in Louisville and at the Courier-Journal. Chad Smith taking on general manager responsibilities at the Courier-Journal is clearly because of his track record and passion as a leader. The fact we have an experienced senior leader like Eddie Tyner ready to take on role of president of the USA TODAY Network for Ohio and Louisville is a big win for everyone.
“The result of these promotions is we now will have three senior Gannett executives involved in the Louisville community,” Ferguson Fuson said. “This only reinforces our commitment to Louisville.”
Tyner, 46, has worked in publishing for more than two decades, including stints with the Washington Post, Cox and Tribune Company (now Tronc). Tyner said he’s eager to get involved in community efforts in Louisville.
“People are the most important part of the job, both within the organization and in the community we serve,” Tyner said. “We play an important role in Louisville’s civic life, and I’ll be fully engaged with the community.”