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Shaw Media names 3 new vice presidents

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 4:00 p.m. CDT

DIXON – Shaw Media’s Board of Directors has elected three executives 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 Sauk Valley Media, the Bureau County Republican, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, Putnam County Record, Tonica News, as well as several Chicago suburban newspapers and newspapers in Iowa.

“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.”

Bricker joined Shaw Media in 2008 as publisher of the company’s Kane County 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.

Since he joined Shaw Media in 2006, J. Tom Shaw has held several posts, including publisher of Kane County, Lake County and Suburban Life publications. He will lead efforts to grow audience and sales through digital platforms across the company’s Illinois and Iowa operations.

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

J. Tom and Ben Shaw are sons of Shaw Media CEO Tom Shaw and descendants of the founders of the 160-year-old media company.

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