Newspaper Association of America Names David Chavern as New President and CEO

The Newspaper Association of America has announced that its board of directors has selected David Chavern as its new president and chief executive,  effective from Wednesday (14 October).

Mr Chavern succeeds Caroline H Little, who led the association for four years and announced her retirement earlier inthe year.

In his new role at the NAA, Mr Chavern will work closely with board members and staff to navigate the organization through a continued period of significant opportunity for newspaper media.

“We have spent the last several months conducting a thorough search for the right person to fill this important role,” said NAA chairman of the board Donna Barrett, president and chief executive of Community Newspaper Holdings.

“David’s extensive public policy experience paired with his focus on technology and innovation were certainly deciding factors in the board’s selection. I am thrilled to welcome him aboard, and know that his passion for journalism and knowledge of the changing space will help to guide our organization through this exciting time.”

Mr Chavern has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic and operational roles, and most recently completed a decade-long tenure at the United States Chamber of Commerce. From 2014 to 2015, he served as the president of the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation at the Chamber.

“I am honored to join the Newspaper Association of America in a time of great change and great opportunity for the newspaper industry,” said Mr Chavern.

“I look forward to working with the organization’s incredible board and staff as we continue to strategically refocus our efforts by leveraging new technologies to bring the irreplaceable newspaper content that is loved by so many to more people than ever before. Newspapers play such a vital role in all of our lives, and I am excited for what is to come.”