Craig publisher promoted to ad director

WorldWest LLC has named Samantha Johnston, publisher of the Craig Daily Press for four years, regional director of advertising.

In her new position, Johnston will manage the classified and display advertising departments at WorldWest's newspapers in Craig and Steamboat Springs.

Johnston's promotion is part of a realignment of responsibilities WorldWest announced Monday.

Among the changes, Suzanne Schlicht, publisher of the Steamboat Pilot newspapers and regional manager for WorldWest since 1995, has been named general manager and director of strategic planning for the company. Bryna Larsen succeeds Schlicht as publisher of the Steamboat Pilot & Today, Steamboat Today and Hayden Valley Press.

Larsen will direct day-to-day operations of the newspapers and will be responsible for management of all departments.

Johnston succeeds Larsen as regional director of advertising.

"I am so proud of the accomplishments of the Craig Daily Press staff during the past five years," Johnston said. "I am fortunate to have been a part of a really incredible team, and I look forward to working with many members of that same team in a new capacity."

Johnston said she would continue her commitment to Craig and Moffat County.

"I have made a very personal investment in Craig and Moffat County and intend to continue that commitment in my new position," she said.

The growth of the company, specifically in the Colorado communities, was behind the realignment of responsibilities, said Dolph C. Simon III, WorldWest co-manager.

During Schlicht's recent maternity leave, Larsen served successfully as acting publisher for several months. Analysis of the overall responsibilities and the company's needs upon Schlicht's return prompted a corporate decision to divide the duties, he said.

"The company's very fortunate to have such talented and dedicated employees who are prepared to step into these new roles," said Dan Simons, WorldWest's other co-manager.

The management changes are effective immediately.

WorldWest has begun its search for Johnston's replacement.

The managers, however, will continue their current roles until the company names a new Craig publisher.

"I hope that Craig Daily Press readers are excited about all the opportunities for growth that a new publisher with fresh vision and new ideas will bring to the newspaper and to the community," Johnston said.

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