Morris moving forward as “digital first” company

ATLANTA — A Georgia media company this week said it is moving forward as a “digital first” company.

In addition, Augusta-based Morris Communications Co. announced a number of new personnel changes it said would help the company accomplish the goal.

“We are transforming ourselves into a 21st-century media company,” William S. Morris III, chairman of Morris said in a news release. “The people and businesses we serve are moving quickly from print to digital, and we are determined to keep leading the way in meeting their needs in all the markets we serve.”

Personnel changes are:

— Michael R. Romaner will become executive vice president of digital. He was previously president of Morris DigitalWorks since its creation in 1996.

— Mark E. Lane as vice president of sales. He was previously vice president of sales at The Florida Times-Union, a morris newspaper.

— Robert R. Gilbert as vice president of audience. He was previously the vice president for audience development and partnerships at Morris DigitalWorks.

“Our newspaper company has a long tradition of digital excellence, and these changes will propel our transformation much more rapidly,” Morris said.

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