Doug Franklin is the new CEO of The Boston Globe.
Franklin, a former publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution had retired in 2015 from Cox Enterprises, where he began his newspaper career 38 years earlier as a door-to-door subscription salesman and ended as CFO.
Franklin, who formally began his new job on January 1, replaces Mike Sheehan, who retired at the end of a three-year employment agreement. He was appointed CEO in January 2014 by Globe owner and publisher John W. Henry. Franklin was chosen after a 10-month national search, the Globe reported in an article about the hire by staff writer Mark Arsenault.
Doug has experienced virtually every challenge our industry faces today — and succeeded at every turn,” Henry wrote in a memo to staff when the hiring was announced in December. “As I’ve gotten to know Doug over the past few months, I’ve come to understand that he is fearless, energetic, articulate, and passionate in his desire to help the Globe achieve our long-term goal of creating a sustainable business model for high-level journalism.”
Henry added, “Doug’s responsibilities at the Globe will include all business aspects, including production as well as the newsroom. He knows that we have made many tough decisions over the past few years, and there are undoubtedly more to come in an industry that is still coming to terms with massive, continuous changes in advertising and delivery—both in print and digitally. We have no choice but to succeed, and we will. This vibrant region depends on it.”
In his career at Cox, Franklin served as president of Cox Media Group, a regional publisher of four Cox Ohio papers, publisher of The Palm Beach Post and, in 2009, publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
He was president of the Inland Press Association for the 2010-11 term.