Gannett appoints Chris Stegman President of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Stegman joined Gannett in 2002 as retail advertising manager at Republic Media in Phoenix, and was most recently VP of Advertising, West Group
MCLEAN, Va. – June 29, 2016 — Gannett Co., Inc. announced today announced that Chris Stegman, currently Gannett West Group vice president of sales, has been named president of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He succeeds Betsy Brenner, who is retiring after more than 11 years at the Journal Sentinel.
“Milwaukee is an important market for Gannett and filling Betsy’s shoes is no easy task. Having a senior leader like Chris ready to join the Journal Sentinel team ensures a bright future for our business and the community,” said John Zidich, president of Gannett’s Domestic Publishing.
Stegman joined Gannett in 2002 as retail advertising manager at Republic Media in Phoenix and rose to the top sales leadership role at Republic Media, vice president of sales, in 2011. Because of his success in leading one of Gannett’s largest local sales teams, he was promoted to Gannett West Group vice president of sales in 2015. Prior to Gannett, Stegman held executive management positions with Clarity Media, a division of The Anschutz Corporation and Advo Incorporated. Stegman is returning to the Midwest where his career in media began in 1995 as a territory sales executive with Advo Inc. in Indianapolis, Ind.
“Chris is the ideal next president for Milwaukee. He cares deeply about our journalism and also understands intimately the digital transformation of the media business,” said Karen Ferguson Fuson, West Group president, Domestic Publishing. “Chris is a customer-focused business leader who will understand the needs of our audiences, the community and our clients. He’s passionate about ensuring our customers succeed and the community thrives.”
In Phoenix, Stegman has been actively involved in the YMCA where he served on both the East Valley YMCA as well as the Central Arizona boards. He has also been involved in and served on the Arizona Newspaper Association board.
Stegman is a two-time Ironman and three-time Boston Marathon finisher. He and his wife, Robin, have two children.