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Herald company hires digital operations leader

ALBANY, Ga. -- Southern Community Newspapers Inc., the parent company of The Albany Herald, has hired Robert Granfeldt Jr. to oversee all digital operations of the company's seven newspapers.

Granfeldt, who will join the company's senior executive management team in early August, will serve as vice president of digital media for the newspapers, a newly created position. He will be headquartered in Lawrenceville at the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Granfeldt most recently served as senior vice president for sales at NewsBank Inc. in Naples, Fla. Previously he held various positions at Morris DigitalWorks, a division of Morris Communications, in Augusta, including vice president of revenue development and vice president of audience and revenue development.

"I'm excited to have a proven executive like Robert to lead our company into new frontiers on the digital front," said Mike Gebhart, executive vice president of SCNI and president and publisher of The Albany Herald. "I expect him to make an immediate and monumental impact that will be apparent on all of the SCNI websites."

Granfeldt, who started his newspaper career at the age of 20 at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal newspaper in Lubbock, Texas, said he is eager to return to the newspaper industry.

"Deciding to make a return to the newspaper industry was not a difficult one for me, considering SCNI's strong commitment to their readers and advertisers and the great opportunities we have in both print and the digital space," Granfeldt said. "SCNI's commitment to the Internet space is unequaled in the region, and our readers and advertisers can expect many innovative and creative new ways to deliver and receive information."

Granfeldt and his wife, Karen, are the parents of three teenage sons. They plan to make their home in Gwinnett County.

SCNI publishes six daily newspapers -- The Albany Herald, The Rockdale Citizen, Newton Citizen, Gwinnett Daily Post, Clayton News-Daily, Henry Daily Herald -- and one weekly, the Jackson Progress-Argus.