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News Media Corp. veteran mike rand joins Wick Communications as CFO

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Mike Rand is the new CFO of Wick Communications.

“Mike brings a body of experience that will help build upon the work of previous CFOs,” CEO Francis Wick said. “His eye on hitting targets and ability to drive successful deals in M&A puts Wick in a very exciting position as we move forward.”

Rand moved to Wick after 20 years with News Media Corp. in the greater Chicago area, where he also was CFO. He has a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University, and is a CPA.

“I am very excited to be joining the Wick Communications team and learning from their 90-plus years of experience in the newspaper industry,” he said. “My wife, Cindy, and I are happy to be moving to (Wick headquarters in Sierra Vista, Arizona). We won’t miss the Northern Illinois winters.”

Rand headed News Media’s financial planning and accounting operations and negotiated and closed 40 acquisition deals ranging in value from $800,000 to $12 million. Rand created a centralized accounting function to more easily absorb new purchases.