David Chivers moves from yearbooks and class rings to president and publisher of Gannett’s Des Moines Register
Most recently, Chivers was chief digital officer at Jostens, and before that Vice President, Factiva Products at Dow Jones
MCLEAN, Va. – April 16, 2015 — Gannett Co., Inc. today named David Chivers president and publisher of The Des Moines Register and regional president of U.S. Community Publishing (USCP) Central Group, where he will assume strategic and financial oversight responsibilities for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, the St. Cloud (MN) Times, the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, SD, the Springfield (MO) News-Leader and The Baxter Bulletin in Mountain Home, AR.
“I know David is excited to return to Des Moines, where his first job was delivering The Des Moines Register. He’s a proven leader and we expect he’ll do outstanding things accelerating the great work that’s already underway, all while making a positive impact on Iowa communities.”
Chivers has years of experience leading digital innovation and transformation in marketing, audience and product development, and advertising solutions for some of the world’s top business information and media brands including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and MarketWatch. Most recently, Chivers was chief digital officer at Jostens.
“We are very pleased to bring David’s level of leadership, expertise and innovation to Des Moines and Gannett,” said Laura Hollingsworth, president, Gannett Central Group. “I know David is excited to return to Des Moines, where his first job was delivering The Des Moines Register. He’s a proven leader and we expect he’ll do outstanding things accelerating the great work that’s already underway, all while making a positive impact on Iowa communities.”
Prior to his role at Jostens, Chivers worked for Dow Jones, holding a number of key positions including vice president of Factiva and Wall Street Journal professional products. He also served as executive director of WSJ.com and new products for The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, where he oversaw product development initiatives including mobile, tablet, and social media and community. He also managed the launch of The Wall Street Journal Professional editions. Before joining The Wall Street Journal, Chivers was director of online audience development for Meredith Corporation, where he was responsible for attracting and engaging visitors to the company’s web properties.
An Iowa native, Chivers holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa, a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central College. He and his wife, Theresa, have two daughters.