Kirk A. Davis
President & COO, Gatehouse Media
After spending his first 8 years in publishing as a circulation and marketing executive, Kirk served as publisher from 1990-1996 with dailies located in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and California. . In 1996, Kirk was recruited by Fidelity Capital, a subsidiary of Fidelity Investments, to become president of one of their large newspaper groups in the Boston area, which was part of Community Newspaper Company (CNC). He was later named president of CNC in 1998, as the company grew to 113 daily, weekly and specialty publications, along with its townonline.com community web sites serving Eastern Massachusetts towns.
In 2004, Kirk was named CEO of Boston-based Enterprise NewsMedia (ENM), which was owned by Heritage Partners, Inc., a private equity firm in Boston, MA. GateHouse Media, based in Fairport, NY, acquired both Enterprise NewsMedia from Heritage Partners and Community Newspaper Company (CNC) from Herald Media in 2006 and named Kirk as CEO of GateHouse Media New England.
Today, GateHouse Media New England, based in Eastern Massachusetts, publishes 7 daily newspapers, 109 weekly newspapers, 10 specialty products and 168 daily and community web under the Wickedlocal.com brand. The company has a weekly print audience of 1.6 million and over 2.9 million monthly visitors to its web sites.
In January 2009, Kirk was promoted to President and COO for the parent company, GateHouse Media, Inc., headquartered in Fairport, New York. GateHouse Media is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States as measured by its 90 daily publications. GateHouse Media currently serves local audiences of more than 10 million per week across 21 states through several hundred community publications and local websites.
Kirk attended Wright State University and Ohio University. He is past chairman of the board for the Suburban Newspapers of America (SNA) and currently serves on the board of the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC). ABC is a forum of the world's leading magazine and newspaper publishers, advertisers and advertising agencies.
Kirk A. Davis is presenting:
Panel: What Top Media Executives Must Do Next
Friday 4th of March 2011, 10:45:00 AM