AUSTIN, Texas (Jan. 31, 2011) Cox Media Group’s (CMG) Jane Williams is the new Publisher for the Austin American-Statesman and The Statesman Co., Austin’s leading media business, which publishes newspapers and websites and also acts as a regional commercial printer and distribution company. Williams, who most recently was CMG’s Vice President of Sales, replaces Michael Vivio who became President of the company’s Tampa-based Valpak earlier this month.
As Publisher, Williams will be responsible for all business and editorial operations of the Statesman and its affiliated publications, including statesman.com, austin360.com, and 10 weekly community newspapers.
“Jane is among Cox Media Group’s best and brightest, and we’re thrilled to be able to promote such a true professional from within our company for this senior role,” said CMG Group Vice President Ben Reed. “Combining her years of media industry experience and unique talents with our exceptional Austin team ensures continued success at one of America’s premier newspaper brands.”
“The Austin American-Statesman is a heritage newspaper with a rich history of serving the Austin community and Central Texas with award-winning journalism,” Williams said. “The dedicated staff is among the industry’s best, and I am honored to assume this position. Ben, Michael Vivio and the Statesman team have developed and fostered a successful culture that is innovative and cutting edge. I am looking forward to continuing the tradition of excellence and working with the dedicated Statesman staff as the media landscape evolves.”
Williams launched her media career at WATL-TV and WAGA in Atlanta and joined Cox Television’s WSB-TV in 1988 as an Account Executive and became a Sales Manager in 1997. Seven years later, she assumed the Director of Sales position at that station. In 2007, Williams was promoted to Vice President of Sales for Cox Television and in 2009 assumed the position of Vice President of Sales for Cox Media Group. As VP of Sales, she has been working with all CMG newspapers along with CMG television and radio properties.
She is a past President of the Atlanta Broadcast Advertising Club, is a member of the Television Bureau of Advertising’s Board of Directors, and is a past member of the University of Georgia’s Marketing Executive Advisory Board. Williams was awarded the ABAC (Atlanta Broadcast Advertising Club) lifetime achievement award in 2009.
Williams is an Atlanta native and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Behavioral Science from Berry College.
About The Statesman Company:
The Statesman Co. is a multimedia company that includes print, digital, delivery, commercial printing and packaging. The Statesman is the leading medium in Central Texas, reaching more than 800,000 readers every week. In print and online, Statesman brands are Central Texas’ top news, entertainment, shopping and information sources. Along with the Austin American-Statesman, the Statesman family of print brands includes publications in communities across Central Texas and publications such as ¡ahora sí! and Glossy, which serve many diverse markets.
For more information on The Statesman Co. and its family of products and brands, contact Lisa Sullivan at (512) 445-3860.
About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. With $1.8 billion in revenues, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, four metro newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.