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Jax Daily Record Monday, Jan. 7, 201904:38 PM EST

Sharon Rowlands named CEO of Group. Inc.

Gannett executive to replace the retiring David Brown starting Jan. 28.
by: Mark Basch Contributing Writer Group Inc. Monday announced the hiring of Sharon Rowlands as chief executive officer, replacing the retiring David Brown.

Rowlands was CEO of ReachLocal Inc., a California-based digital marketing company that was sold to Gannett Co. Inc. in 2016. She later became president of USA Today Network Market Solutions while continuing to serve as CEO of ReachLocal. founder David Brown announced his retirement as CEO last month, following the October sale of the company to affiliates of private equity firm of Siris Capital Group LLC.

Rowlands will become CEO of on Jan. 28.

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