MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- USA TODAY announced today that Derek Murphy has been named executive vice president and general manager of USA TODAY. The announcement was made by Larry Kramer, president and publisher of USA TODAY. Murphy, previously general manager of multicultural media at AOL Huffington Post Media Group, will manage day-to-day operations of USA TODAY and report to Kramer.
"USA TODAY is looking toward the future and Derek's role will be to manage the transition of USA TODAY to a digital-first enterprise," said Kramer. "He will lead a dynamic senior leadership team to grow the USA TODAY brand. I believe his experience and expertise will guide us well as we expand our digital footprint."
"I'm excited to join the USA TODAY team and look forward to contributing to its future success. USA TODAY is an iconic media brand and I can't wait to build on the remarkable work that has been done recently with the reimagination of its print and digital products," said Murphy.
Murphy is an enterprising business development and operations executive with deep experience building brands and growing traditional and digital businesses in the financial services, media and entertainment industries. As general manager of multicultural media at AOL Huffington Post Media Group he led the overall strategy, audience development, operational and business performance for the launch and management of several new multicultural websites and related content and advertising partnerships. Murphy joined Huffington Post in 2009 as senior vice president, business development, where he was responsible for structuring strategic partnerships to scale the business and deliver material growth in content offerings, brand presence, audience engagement and revenues.
Prior to joining Huffington Post, Murphy was vice president, business development and operations for CNN News Group where he developed strategic content syndication, marketing and distribution partnerships for CNN digital and select CNN television network properties. He also advised Madison Square Garden and Ticketmaster in the launch and marketing of TicketExchange, an online secondary ticketing service for the New York Knicks and New York Rangers, and was a founding member and head of sponsorship marketing in American Express' Global Advertising and Brand Management Group.
Murphy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering and Management from Tufts University and an MBA degree from the Wharton School. He is on the leadership board of the Council of Urban Professionals and served for several years on the boards of Brewster Academy and South Orange Performing Arts Center. Murphy and his wife are the proud parents of three teenagers.
USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY's mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Through its unique visual storytelling, USA TODAY delivers high-quality and engaging content across print, digital, social and video platforms. An innovator of news and information, USA TODAY reflects the pulse of the nation and serves as the host of the American conversation – today, tomorrow and for decades to follow. USA TODAY, the nation's number one newspaper in print circulation with an average of nearly 1.8 million daily, and USATODAY.com, an award-winning newspaper website launched in 1995, reach a combined 6.6 million readers daily. USA TODAY is a leader in mobile applications with more than 16 million downloads on mobile devices. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).
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