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Shaw Media names 3 to vice president posts

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 4:17 p.m. CDT

DIXON – Shaw Media’s Board of Directors elected three executives to serve as vice presidents and officers of the company.

At its Dec. 12 meeting, the company elected Don T. Bricker vice president of suburban publishing, J. Tom Shaw vice president of digital media, and Ben Shaw vice president of technology.

Shaw Media is the parent company of the Northwest Herald.

“This is an exciting time for our company,” said John Rung, President of Shaw Media. “We are fortunate to have many talented people in our company. We are particularly pleased that our Board of Directors has recognized Don, J. Tom and Ben with increased responsibility. I look forward to working with them as we chart the course for a successful future.”

Bricker joined Shaw Media in 2008 as publisher of the company’s Kane and DeKalb County publications. He was named regional publisher and group general manager earlier this year. Before joining Shaw, Bricker spent 16 years with Freedom Communications, including four years as publisher of the Appeal-Democrat in Marysville, Calif.

J. Tom Shaw joined Shaw Media in 2006. He has held a variety of posts, including publisher of Shaw’s Kane County, Lake County and Suburban Life publications. In the past few years, he has overseen the launch of numerous niche products in print and digital formats. In his new role, J. Tom Shaw will lead efforts to grow audience and sales through digital platforms across Shaw’s Illinois and Iowa operations. Rung announced that a search for J. Tom Shaw’s replacement as publisher of Suburban Life Media would begin immediately.

Ben Shaw has been with Shaw Media since 2004. He was named IT Director in 2006 and assumed responsibility for digital operations in 2010. Ben Shaw now will lead technology efforts across the company. He also will develop and maintain the infrastructure necessary to support Shaw’s efforts in digital media and will spearhead the launch of a database marketing program.

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