Kelly Till named president and publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the first woman to lead the organization in its 172-year history | Latest Richmond News

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Kelly Till has been named president and publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the first woman to lead the organization in its 172-year history.

The position takes effect July 4.

Till, a 26-year veteran in the advertising industry, will also serve as vice president of sales in the Southeast region for Lee Enterprises Inc., the parent company of The Times-Dispatch.

Till became vice president of sales for The Times-Dispatch and Lee’s Virginia markets in November 2020 after serving as vice president of advertising at The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press.

“Kelly is an extraordinary talent with extensive sales and marketing experience throughout Virginia,” said Ray Farris, Lee’s vice president of operations and vice president of advertising. “Kelly is already having a remarkable impact across our organization as a senior sales executive, leader and role model.”

The Times-Dispatch has been one of the top revenue performers in Lee’s 77 markets and has served as a business laboratory for new opportunities that leverage the large local audience and fundraising organization. area information.

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Till is credited with pioneering several new programs, including the launch of a full-service video studio, the continued expansion of the Amplified Digital advertising program in the region, and the creation of En Forme, a magazine and statewide lifestyle podcast.

“The honor of being the first female president of the Richmond Times-Dispatch carries tremendous weight and reflects the diverse culture we are building within our organization,” Till said. “I am humbled and honored to have been cast in this role and look forward to seeing what our team can accomplish together. I look forward to working with our team across the state as we continue to develop creative marketing solutions that deliver results for local businesses. »

Till, 50, and her husband, Keith, live in Richmond and have five children.

Till has earned numerous honors including the 2018 YWCA South Hampton Roads Women of Distinction. She also sits on several boards across Virginia, including United Way, Virginia Arts Festival, and An Achievable Dream.

At The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press, she led the effort to integrate the business services of two previously competing organizations, launched a digital marketing agency, and developed a robust events calendar.

She succeeds Paul Farrell, who announced his retirement in May.

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