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Another Gannett executive to lead Chronicle

Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but the Chronicle’s three top executives — publisher, president and editor — are all former executives of Gannett Co., publisher of USA Today and more than 90 daily newspapers.

Chron Publisher Frank Vega was USA Today’s first circulation manager and he has held a number of top Gannett jobs including CEO of Detroit Newspapers.

Editor Ward Bushee was editor of Gannett’s Arizona Republic before he joined the Chron in January.

Now, Vega has given the title of Chron president to Mark Adkins (pictured), who joined Hearst in 2005 after a career at Gannett where his last title was vice president of advertising. Vega will get the newly created title of chairman of the Chronicle.

As president, Adkins will oversee both print and online revenue initiatives and business development for the company’s suite of products.

Hearst President George Irish is quoted in a news release as saying, “Mark’s new role will support and enhance cross-platform growth and development. He has been a valuable member of the corporate team, and his rich background and experience will help ensure that we are innovative and successful in seeking out new, strategic and customer-driven ways to grow our business in the Bay Area.”

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