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Jim Normandin named 1st COO at Union Leader

June 11. 2015 3:19PM

A New England native and veteran publisher of independently-owned newspapers has been named Chief Operating Officer of Union Leader Corp.

James Normandin will begin his new job on July 1. The position is a new one, overseeing the news company's advertising as well as its general operations. The announcement was made by Union Leader president and publisher Joseph W. McQuaid.

"Our company and our statewide readers and advertisers are very fortunate that we are able to bring Jim's talents and work ethic to us at an important time for the news and information business," McQuaid said. "As were William and Nackey Loeb, Jim is a believer in and advocate for independently-owned news media."

Normandin, 55, has been publisher of the Worcester, Mass., Telegram and Gazette since last year. Before that, he served as publisher and vice president of Woodward Communications, Inc., which publishes the Dubuque, Iowa, Telegraph Herald, the Woodward Media Group (including five weeklies), and Woodward Printing Services. While in Iowa, he launched several successful digital and niche products.

He began his career in his native Massachusetts as advertising director for the Middlesex News. He has also worked as a publisher for Pulitzer Community Publishing and served as group publisher for the Journal Register Company in New Haven.

"As a true New Englander, and a passionate independent newspaper executive, I am excited and honored to join the Union Leader Corporation team," Normandin said. "Its mission as an independent newspaper in today's evolving media environment requires a unique commitment and one that I believe strongly in: a commitment that aligns keenly with my core values and underscores the legacy of the Union Leader.”

Like McQuaid, Normandin is a past president of the Independent Newspaper Group. Union Leader Corp. is independently owned with the majority of its voting stock held by the non-profit Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, Inc.

In addition to his COO duties, Normandin will oversee advertising at the Union Leader and Sunday News,, and Neighborhood Newspapers. He will be relocating to New Hampshire this summer.

Normandin has served on numerous industry related, educational, private and public foundations, boards and associations during his career. Most recently he served as Chairman of Two by Two Character Education and Development and Director of the Woodward Foundation.

He is a native of Leominster Mass., a 1978 Graduate of Leominster High School and was a recipient of a baseball and football scholarship to University of Connecticut. He is a 1991 graduate of SPPI in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and returned to UCONN in 1996 to study business.

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