SUOMEN PAIKALLISSANOMAT OY PRESS RELEASE 7 Oct 2008
JUKKA IGNATIUS APPOINTED EDITOR-IN-CHIEF FOR VALKEAKOSKEN SANOMAT - PEKKA WALDEN FOR SUUR-KEURUU AND KMV
Two Editors-in-Chief of Suomen Paikallissanomat Oy will interchange their positions as of 1 December 2008. Mr Jukka Ignatius, Editor-in-Chief of KMV, a local newspaper appearing in Mänttä two times a week, and Suur-Keuruu, a local newspapaer appearing in Keuruu three times a week, will move to Valkeakosken Sanomat newspaper.
Mr Pekka Walden, the current Editor-in-Chief for Valkeakosken Sanomat, a local newspaper appearing in Valkeakoski five times a week, for his part moves to KMV and Suur-Keuruu newspapers. Kurun Sanomat and Vekkari are also a part of this profit center. Mr Risto Koivuniemi continues as Editor-in-Chief for Kurun Sanomat.
Both Mr Walden and Mr Ignatius will be responsible also for the newspapers' business result. The interchange of Editors-in-Chief is a part of publisher's goal to enhance job circulation in all personnel groups. Experience of job circulation, both permanent and temporary, have been positive without exception.
Both of the Editors-in-Chief have a long career in local newspapers and in newspapers in general. Mr Ignatius has worked for Suomen Paikallissanomat since 2000 and Mr Walden since 1995.
Kari Juutilainen, Managing Director, Suomen Paikallissanomat, mobile +35850 435 4159.
Suomen Paikallissanomat Oy publishes 16 local newspapers and six free sheets around Finland. The company is part of Alma Media Corporation.
Alma Media is a profitably growing and internationally expanding company that invests in the future of newspapers and online media. Its best known products are the Aamulehti, Iltalehti, Kauppalehti and Etuovi.com.
Net sales in 2007 totalled EUR 329 million and the operating margin was over 19%. The company's share is listed in the Mid Cap segment of the OMX Exchange's Nordic List, trading code ALN1V.