Francis appointed
Bulletin publisher

The general manager leaves
The Advertiser for Oahu Publications

Dennis Francis has been named president of Oahu Publications Inc. and publisher of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

In addition, Glenn Zuehls has been named vice president of advertising and will be responsible for marketing and sales activities along with Dave Kennedy, vice president of marketing.

Dennis Francis: He succeeds Frank Teskey and will join the board of directors.

The appointments were announced by David Black, chairman of Oahu Publications which, in addition to the Star-Bulletin, publishes MidWeek and four military newspapers.

"We are thrilled that our operations have grown to the point that talented local executives like Dennis and Glenn have chosen to come aboard. We have ambitious plans and their ties to the community will help a great deal," Black said.

Francis, 45, has been general manager of The Honolulu Advertiser for the past six years and has been in the newspaper industry for 25 years. In his new position, he succeeds Frank Teskey.

"This is a great opportunity for me professionally to take Oahu Publications to the next level. Thanks to Frank and his team, they have completed much of the difficult work with regard to the transition, especially as it pertains to the Star-Bulletin," Francis said.

"The readership levels across the entire range are impressive and deliver the advertisers solid results. We'll be working even harder to improve our marketplace value. I'm looking forward to the challenge," he added. "I'll miss the folks at the Advertiser, but at the same time look forward to getting reacquainted with much of the staff that I worked with in the JOA (Joint Operating Agreement) days."

Francis also will become a director of Oahu Publications, joining Black, Jeff Watanabe, Warren Luke, Colbert Matsumoto, Duane Kurisu, Dan Case and Larry Johnson.

"It's important to maintain two strong daily voices in Honolulu," Kurisu said. "Dennis and Glenn will be great additions to the Star-Bulletin team. Their community knowledge and many Honolulu friendships will be an advantage for us."

Dennis Francis
Glenn Zuehls: VP of advertising will be responsible for marketing and sales activities.

Zuehls, 41, joined The Advertiser four years ago and most recently served as director of classified advertising. He also has worked at the Los Angeles Daily News.

Zuehls succeeds Donnie Welch. "Donnie has contributed a great deal to the growth of the Star-Bulletin and we wish him well," Black said.

Teskey will return to Black Press in Canada to help with new initiatives there.

"For the past three years, (former publisher) Don Kendall and I have taken great pride in helping to launch the Star-Bulletin as an independent daily with the best news package in Hawaii," Teskey said.

"During that time, MidWeek has grown and become recognized as having the highest readership on Oahu. Also, our four military papers have more than held their own amid increased competition and our commercial print division continues to do well.

"We are set for the next phase. The arrival of Dennis and Glenn will be a defining moment in the life of our young company. I am very pleased to be leaving our papers, hard-working staff and loyal clients and readers in such capable hands," Teskey said.


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