Quillon named publisher of Gainesville Sun, Ocala Star-Banner

Veteran newspaper executive returns to Florida in regional leadership role

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Robin Quillon, a veteran newspaper executive, is returning to Florida as publisher of The Gainesville Sun and The Ocala Star-Banner.

As publisher, Quillon will lead strategy and operations for both newspapers, beginning Jan. 29. He succeeds James Doughton, who is retiring.

"It's a challenging time for newspapers, but I believe our best days are ahead and the future is bright. Coupled with our strong online presence, overall readership has never been stronger or more vibrant," Quillon said.

"I am very familiar with this region and look forward to joining a team of talented professionals who are making a difference for our readers, advertisers and our community," he said.

"For me, it's about doing innovative things to enhance our digital and print products, for both readers and advertisers," Quillon said.

Most recently, Quillon was working in Johnstown, Pennsylvania as senior vice president of operations for the CNHI newspaper group.

Like Doughton, Quillon will assume a regional publisher role, giving him additional responsibility for GateHouse Media daily newspapers in Leesburg, Panama City and Fort Walton, along with related websites and several non-daily publications.

"We are excited to have Robin join our GateHouse Florida team," said Patrick Dorsey, regional vice president for GateHouse Media. "He brings a long history of strong leadership and success over many different newspaper operations and is well known for his creative approach to product development and revenue diversification. Additionally, his prior work experience and strong family ties to Florida are a plus," Dorsey said.

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