August 16, 2006
Fran Wills Named Senior Vice President, Interactive for The Dallas Morning News
Vic Savelli and Erik Johnson Promoted to VP and Director, respectively
DALLAS -- The Dallas Morning News has named Fran Wills as its new senior vice president, interactive, effective July 1. Fran comes to the News from the Denver Newspaper Agency (DNA), where she served as vice president of interactive and product development. The DNA publishes The Denver Post and The Rocky Mountain News under a joint operating agreement.
In her new role, Wills will be responsible for implementing and executing Internet strategy across all Web sites that make up The Dallas Morning News and its affiliated companies, including DallasNews.com, AlDia.com, GuideLive.com, and quickDFW.com.
"It's imperative that we strategically coordinate our resources throughout the newspaper in order to grow share of market of online audiences and advertising," said Jim Moroney, publisher and CEO of The Dallas Morning News. " Fran's experiences at the Denver Newspaper Agency make her ideally suited to lead this effort at The Dallas Morning News."
Wills began her tenure at the DNA as vice president of brand marketing and market development. Previously she served as vice president of marketing for Zapotech.com, a business-to-business software company servicing the retail advertising market; vice president of marketing for Gart Sports Company; and advertising director for May Department Stores in the Denver area.
Wills holds a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
In addition, Vic Savelli has been promoted to vice president, interactive sales. Savelli will continue to provide leadership and management of online sales efforts. Under Savelli's leadership as director, interactive sales, revenue for DallasNews.com grew by over 60% in 2005 and is on track to grow by more than 40% this year.
Erik Johnson has been promoted to director, interactive strategy for The Dallas Morning News. Johnson was previously assistant director, marketing at the News. In his new role, Johnson will be reporting directly to Fran Wills.
About The Dallas Morning News
Established in 1885, The Dallas Morning News is the nation's tenth largest newspaper and serves a readership of nearly 1.6 million. The newspaper has received eight Pulitzer Prizes since 1986, as well as numerous other industry awards recognizing the quality of its investigative and feature journalism, design and photojournalism. Its Web site, DallasNews.com, received the Scripps Howard Foundation National Award for Web Reporting in 2005. In 2003, the paper launched the leading Spanish-language daily in North Texas, A l D a ; the standard-setting free weekday paper, Quick; and the nation's first editorial blog. The Dallas Morning News is the flagship newspaper subsidiary of Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC), one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with 7,700 employees and $1.5 billion in revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, and Rhode Island and the Mid-Atlantic.