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Matt Gibson has been hired as the next executive director of the Montana Newspaper Association.

Gibson will replace Jim Rickman who is retiring on January 4, 2019 after serving the newspaper industry for 41 years.

“The Montana Newspaper Association is the strongest advocate for free speech, open government, and professional news standards in the state, and its work is vital to the industry,” Gibson said. “I’m excited by the opportunity to serve the MNA’s members by promoting the great work they’re doing each and every day.”

Scott Squillace, the president of the MNA and the search committee chairman, said Gibson will assume his new role by the end of the year.

“The search committee spent many hours establishing hiring criteria, researching candidates and interviewing finalists,” he said. “We were quite fortunate with the volume of quality candidates that were interested in the position. Ultimately, the committee was unanimous in its decision to offer the position to Mr. Gibson.”

Squillace said Gibson has a unique perspective as a former MNA board member and past MNA president.

“You take a person who got his start in newspapers working at a small Montana daily (Livingston Enterprise), a person who took on the many challenges that face an owner of a successful, alternative newspaper in Montana, who also finished his last post working for a large daily newspaper, and you end up with a person who is uniquely qualified to affect real change on day one.”

“The committee looks forward to working with Mr. Gibson, as we are confident he possesses the requisite experience and skill set needed to lead MNA into a future of continued growth and success,” Squillace said.


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