Tribune Staff Reports
Chuck Wells, vice president and group publisher for AIM Media Indiana, has announced his resignation effective Dec. 21.
Chuck and his wife Suzanne plan to acquire a local business that he will direct on a full-time basis and she will serve as a non-employee adviser.
Chuck Wells, 47, joined Home News Enterprises, the predecessor company to AIM Media Indiana, on Dec. 15, 1997, as commercial printing sales manager for the Daily Journal in Franklin. He subsequently served in three advertising leadership roles — classified advertising manager, retail advertising manager and advertising director —all in Franklin.
In July 2007, Wells — then 36 — was promoted to publisher at The Republic, the company’s flagship publishing operation in Columbus. Two years later, Wells was promoted again to group publisher, overseeing the company’s south central Indiana daily and non-daily publications.
Wells currently oversees four daily newspapers, The Republic, the Daily Journal, The Tribune of Seymour and the Daily Reporter of Greenfield, as well as the weekly Brown County Democrat, The Jackson County Banner, Times Post of Pendleton, Fortville-McCordsville Reporter and New Palestine Press.
The company also has a digital marketing services division, DigitalAIM, a magazine and special publications division, plus affiliated websites.
A search for Wells’ replacement is underway.
“This is a very bittersweet moment for all of us at AIM Media Indiana,” said Jeremy L. Halbreich, chairman and CEO of AIM Media Management.
“Chuck has been a highly valued colleague since we acquired these publishing businesses over three years ago. He is a strong leader, thoughtful mentor, and a caring and considerate individual who always kept the best interests of the communities we serve in mind,” Halbreich added. “He has become a dear personal friend and we are very happy for both he and Suzanne in finding a new, exciting career they wish to pursue.”
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Education: Graduate of Columbus East High School and Butler University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.
Publishing industry involvement: Indiana Newspaper Advertising Executives Association, Hoosier State Press Association, Inland Press Association, National Special Sections Network. Wells will be stepping down from his current position as president of the Hoosier State Press Association board of directors.
Family: Wife Suzanne, daughter Savannah