A search has begun for a new CEO of NewCo, the working acronym for the organization resulting from the merging of the Inland Press Association and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.

The CEO will be “the voice and face of the newspaper industry,” according to a job listing from NewCo, which is partnering with Vetted Solutions to conduct the search.

The CEO of the new association will have the overall strategic and operational responsibility for staffing, programming, managing and achieving the mission of NewCo, the listing says.

Members of the Atlanta-based Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and the Des Plaines, Illinois-based Inland Press Association approved a plan to consolidate the two associations, effective Oct. 1.

The balloting began on June 7 and ended June 28.

The new association will be incorporated in the District of Columbia.

The Inland and SNPA foundations will stay independent of the new association.

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