Mark Mansfield to retire from Cox Enterprises

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Mark Mansfield, who has served as vice president of newsprint supply for Cox Enterprises and led the department since 1997, has announced plans to retire at the end of the year.

Two years after joining Cox, Mansfield had the idea to create a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, Cox Newsprint Supply. This was the first newspaper company-based buying consortium that represented other newspaper publishers for better volume pricing.

As president of CNS, Mansfield grew the organization to the largest buying consortium in North America. CNS negotiates newsprint and contracts for more than 50 publishing companies and represents more than 500 pressrooms throughout the country.

Prior to his role at Cox, Mansfield worked as the director of southern marketing for Abitibi-Price Paper Inc. and Kruger Pulp & Paper. He has spent more than 42 years in the paper industry and comes from a family with a 130-year history in the newsprint business.

Greg Tant will take over running the operations of CNS. Tant is a 28-year veteran of the newsprint industry, 18 of which have been with Cox and with Mansfield at CNS. Mansfield will stay on as a consultant for six months after his retirement date to help with the transition.

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