October 29, 2011

MaineToday Media CEO announces he'll leave post at year's end

By J. Hemmerdinger jhemmerdinger@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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"I thought he was good for the Maine newspaper industry because he turned the (Portland Press Herald) around. Most people I know think the paper is much more interesting under his leadership," Baker said.

"I don't know anyone in this industry that has worked as hard as he worked in the last three or four years," Baker added.

Chris Hall, senior vice president of the Portland Regional Chamber, said he was "surprised and saddened" by the departure of Connor, a "very generous supporter" of the chamber.

Connor also sits on the board of the affiliated Portland Community Chamber.

Hall recalled a speech Connor made about media challenges at a September 2009 event.

"He was taking up a challenge many people weren't sure he could meet," said Hall. "Much to people's happiness, we still have a paper, and I give him credit for stepping up and being a leader."

Connor will also step down from his positions as CEO of Impressions Media and editor and publisher of The Times Leader, the paper reported Friday.

Former President Duncan said he resigned because the "owners want new leadership."

Duncan, who is former publisher of The Indianapolis Star and joined MaineToday in 2010 as a contractor, said he enjoyed his time with the company, particularly overseeing the 2010 election coverage.

He also praised the professionals at the company, including Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel staff.

Duncan described the four months as president as a "challenge." In that time the company launched MaineToday Digital, hired a new chief financial officer and cut expenses during a difficult revenue environment.

"The organization responded well," Duncan said.

"And because of the steps we made in the last six months, the organization will be fine in the near term while it deals with a rapidly changing business model."

Staff Writer Jonathan Hemmerdinger can be contacted at at 791-6316 or at:



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