Advance Central Services announces new president

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Media executive Pam Siddall has been appointed president of Advance Central Services, Inc. (ACSI), a shared services company owned by Advance Publications, Inc.

Siddall has held a number of important roles since joining the Advance family in 2010 as publisher of The Birmingham News in Alabama. She subsequently served as founding president of Advance Central Services Alabama, and, most recently, as executive vice president of Advance Local. She also currently serves on the SNPA Board of Directors.

After graduating from Columbus State University in Georgia, Siddall began her career first as a financial analyst for a family-owned holding company with interests in real estate, retail and manufacturing and then as comptroller for a major manufacturing company. She entered the newspaper industry with The McClatchy Company as the chief financial officer of the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga., eventually becoming publisher there and then at The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, before joining Advance.

Advance Central Services, Inc. provides critical functions that support the goals, objectives and missions of Advance Local's group of local media companies, ACS local business units and more than two dozen newspapers across the United States. The company's services include strategic sourcing, finance and accounting, human resources, technology solutions, production and facilities services and circulation.

"This is an incredibly exciting and challenging time for the media industry and ACSI has played a strong role in helping the Advance affiliated entities evolve in this fast-paced and dynamic digital landscape," said Siddall. "I look forward to building upon the successes of this company and continuing to support quality journalism by enhancing the efforts of all of our clients."

Advance Central Services, Inc. is a subsidiary of Advance Publications, Inc., a privately held communications company. In addition to Advance Local's group of media companies and newspapers, Advance Publications, Inc., directly or through subsidiaries, owns Condé Nast Publications, Parade Media Group, Fairchild Fashion Group, American City Business Journals and Golf Digest Publications. Advance Publications' subsidiaries also have extensive interests in cable television.

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