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Signal names new publisher

Newspaper vet brings business experience

Posted: September 9, 2008 9:23 p.m.
Updated: November 11, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 

Veteran newspaperman Ian Lamont was named publisher of The Santa Clarita Valley Signal on Tuesday.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Lamont's parents immigrated to the United States when he was a child. He earned a BS in Business from SUNY at Fredonia, N.Y., and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J.

He began his newspaper career as an accountant at Dow Jones Ottaway, owner of 13 daily community newspapers. He rose to assistant controller and tax manager before he was recruited by McClatchy Co. newspapers and went to work in the firm's Sacramento corporate office in 1983.

Lamont rose to the position of director of internal audit and taxes and, in 1987, became CFO at the Fresno Bee.

In 1991 he became general manager of the Tri-City Herald in Washington State, and in 1995 advanced to publisher there.

After two years as CEO of a start-up waste-to-energy business, Lamont was recruited by Media News Group and named publisher and CEO of the Long Beach Press-Telegram. In 2004, when Media News Group reorganized its California newspapers into Southern and Northern California groups, Lamont became CEO and publisher of the firm's Northern California Alameda Newspaper Group, which consisted of 11 daily newspapers and whose flagship was the Oakland Tribune.

"Ian's experience in building new revenue streams, understanding the value of community content that engages readers both in print and online, problem solving, team building, and providing community-minded leadership will serve our employees and the Santa Clarita market well," said Charles Hill Morris Jr., regional manager for the Morris Newspaper Corp., which owns The Signal. "I am pleased to have him on our management team."

Lamont retired from Media News Group in 2005 and in 2007 became involved in the Small Business Development Center of Long Beach. While there he met Paul De La Cerda of the Small Business Development Center at College of the Canyons, occasionally visiting the Santa Clarita Valley for SBDC meetings.

"I saw the Santa Clarita Valley as a very vibrant community with a sense of energy that a lot of communities don't have," Lamont said Tuesday.

A strong believer in community involvement, Lamont said he's delighted to be back at a community newspaper.

"By far the best time I had in my career was running the paper in Washington State - a community newspaper," he said.

"I look forward to meeting Santa Clarita Valley residents and community leaders and learning more about the area served by The Signal."

Lamont replaces former Signal Publisher Jay Harn.

Lamont has been married for 34 years; he and his wife, Oksanna, have two sons: Shawn, 31, and Evan, 26.

The Lamonts will be selling their home in Long Beach and expect to move to the Santa Clarita Valley in the coming months.

Lamont can be reached at (661) 902-5501 or via e-mail at ilamont@the-signal.com.

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