A Seattle news executive who is a Cincinnati native will be the new publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Mark Cohen, 57, chief operating officer and vice president of operations of Seattle-based Pioneer Newspaper Group, will become publisher Nov. 18, Rick O’Connor, president and chief executive officer of Black Press Group Ltd., announced Monday.
“I am confident that Mark has the right mix of experience and leadership skills for the Beacon and the requisite understanding of the Ohio marketplace,” O’Connor said.
Cohen said he wanted to come home to Ohio and liked where the Akron region was heading.
“You look at some of the opportunities — without mentioning names — and there’s some real opportunity out there. Even though our industry is in a transition, we can still be aggressive and take a look around and say, ‘Here’s where we should be and here’s where we should not be,’ ” he said.