March 10, 2010

Two chosen for MaineToday Media's executive team

— From staff reports

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Mark Barry

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Ann Roderick

Ann Roderick has been named MaineToday Media's vice president and chief financial officer, and Mark Barry will join the company as vice president of circulation and marketing.

The latest additions to the company's executive team were announced Tuesday by Richard L. Connor, chief executive officer of MaineToday Media. The company owns the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, the Morning Sentinel in Waterville and affiliated Web sites.

Both hires represent a new direction, with executives having companywide responsibilities, Connor said. Previously, separate positions existed in Portland and central Maine. Connor said the change is meant to cut what he believed were redundancies.

''It's based in my philosophy that we can find people whose talent is so deep that they can run operations at different properties,'' said Connor, who is also editor and publisher of the newspaper group.

Roderick, 50, was most recently the controller and vice president of finance and corporate compliance for Pentec Health Inc. in Boothwyn, Pa.

She is a Maine native whose experience includes finance positions at IntelliCare Inc. in South Portland, Independence Association Inc. in Brunswick and Catherine McAuley High School in Portland.

She is a certified public accountant and has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maine.

''We were extremely fortunate to find someone who has a degree in journalism and is also an accountant,'' said Connor. ''This is not a common set of interests and skills. It made her a unique candidate for the job.''

Roderick offers a combination of local roots, experience in businesses within and outside MaineToday Media's market, and knowledge of the company's past, Connor said. She was part of the team that did the annual audits for Guy Gannett Publishing Co., which owned the newspapers before The Seattle Times Co. bought them in 1998.

MaineToday Media purchased the company from The Seattle Times Co. in June.

Roderick, who begins her new duties today, said she is excited about working with an energetic, smart group of people.

''I really wanted to join an organization where part of the mission was to make a difference in the state,'' she said.

Barry, 40, has been working in newspapers for nearly two decades. He is currently the circulation and marketing director for The Day Publishing Co. in New London, Conn. He also has worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and the Hartford Courant.

He has a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree in economics from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

Barry, whom Connor cited for his ''incredible passion for the newspaper business,'' will be responsible for both circulation and marketing initially. His marketing duties might be transferred in the future as traditional news and interactive functions merge, Connor said.

''He is ardent, as is Roderick, about wanting to make a difference in the communities we serve,'' Connor said. ''He has a calm and reassuring demeanor, but you can feel the fire he has for this business.

''We love what we do for work and are totally committed to it as a way of life. It helps to surround ourselves with others like us. Mark is one of those people.''

Barry, who will begin the job Sept. 16, will be responsible for overseeing distribution as the company moves all of its printing operations to South Portland, and for expanding circulation.

''Our strategies are all very simple,'' Connor said. ''In this case, with Mark, it will be to expand our customer base by creating exceptional customer service in support of a great product.''

Barry said he was impressed by the new ownership's commitment to making the newspapers into ''something very special for readers and advertisers,'' and what he saw during his visits to Maine.

''It was clear that everybody is not only enthusiastic about the company's first few months, but very talented and passionate about the business,'' he said. ''To me, that was very attractive and something I wanted to be part of.''

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