Derek May Named Assistant to the President, Morris Communications Company

Nov 30, 2009, 15:51 ET from Morris Communications Company, LLC

AUGUSTA, Ga., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Derek May has been named assistant to the president of Morris Communications Company, LLC. His appointment to the newly-created position is effective Jan. 4, 2010.

"Derek has been part of the Morris Communications family for more than two decades, and he brings broad-ranging experience to this new position," said William S. Morris IV, President. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with him in this new capacity."

A native Augustan and graduate of Augusta State University, he began his career at Morris in 1988, working in information technology at the corporate headquarters. He has held positions with The Augusta Chronicle and the Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal, served as director of sales and marketing at the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald, and was named publisher of The St. Augustine (Fla.) Record in 2006. In his new role, Mr. May will work with all Morris business entities, with special emphasis on advertising. He will be based in Augusta.

"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the entire Morris family of businesses in this capacity. I'm also excited to move back to my family's hometown," said Mr. May.

"Derek May is a bright young man who has applied his skills and energy to all the tasks we have asked him to undertake, and he has handled them with distinction. He has developed a broad base of newspaper experience which will serve him well in his new role at the corporate level," said William S. Morris III, Chairman and CEO.

Morris Communications Company, LLC is a privately held media company with diversified holdings that include visitor guide publishing, outdoor advertising, magazine publishing, radio broadcasting, book publishing and distribution and online services.

Morris Publishing Group, LLC, Morris Communications' affiliate, is a privately held media company based in Augusta, Ga. Morris Publishing currently owns and operates 13 daily newspapers as well as nondaily newspapers, city magazines and free community publications in the Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and Alaska.

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SOURCE Morris Communications Company, LLC