Gannett appoints Vinayak Hegde to its Board as Independent Director

– USA, VA –  Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) today announced the appointment of Vinayak Hegde to its Board as an independent director, effective February 15, 2021.

“We are excited to welcome Vinayak to our Board,” said Chairman and CEO, Michael Reed. “He brings significant digital and operational experience to our Board, which will be highly valuable to both our management team and strategy goals. We look forward to having his diverse perspectives as we continue on our transformation journey.”

About Vinayak Hegde

Vinayak Hegde is currently the President and COO at Blink Health, where he is responsible for leveraging their unique technology to remove all friction points so that patients fill their prescriptions and stay on therapy. He is responsible for commercialization, product, engineering, sales, account management, revenue management, and operations. Before his current role, he served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Airbnb Homes. He was responsible for the growth and marketing of their global business, which grew to $4.8 billion in revenue and over $38 billion in bookings during his tenure. Previously, he served as Global Chief Marketing Officer at Groupon where he managed marketing, national sales, and revenue management. He launched their brand campaigns and growth strategy, which grew to service over 50 million customers worldwide with over 160 million Groupon app downloads. He led Groupon’s acquisition of, an online marketplace for users to buy and share things to do in their city, serving as President after the transaction.

Before Groupon, he spent over twelve years at Amazon, serving as General Manager for Amazon Smile, Amazon Goldbox, the CRM program, and all social media channels. Additionally, he led product and engineering for Amazon’s traffic and marketing organization.

Mr. Hegde graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, India.

About Gannett

Gannett Co., Inc. is an innovative, digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to the communities in our network and helping them build relationships with their local businesses. With an unmatched reach at the national and local level, Gannett touches the lives of millions with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services. Its portfolio includes the USA TODAY, local media organizations in 46 states in the U.S. and Guam, and Newsquest, a wholly-owned subsidiary with over 140 local media brands operating in the United Kingdom. Gannett also owns the digital marketing services companies ReachLocal, Inc., UpCurve, Inc., and WordStream, Inc. and runs the largest media-owned events business in the U.S., USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures, formerly GateHouse Live.

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