GREENSBURG - Pete VanBaalen, regional publisher of the Greensburg Daily News, the Rushville Republican and The Herald-Tribune (Batesville) has been named vice president of sales and marketing for the Midwest Division of Newspaper Holdings Inc.

The announcement was made by Henry Bird, vice president and Midwest Division manager of NHI. The appointment is effective today.

"Pete is an outstanding marketing executive, a seasoned professional and is very familiar with all of our newspapers" Bird said. "He will be a great asset to this division and to these very important markets."

The Midwest Division includes newspapers in Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan.

VanBaalen served as advertising director of The Herald Bulletin in Anderson from 1999 to 2005 when he was named publisher of the Hendricks County Flyer. He was named regional publisher of the newspapers in Southeastern Indiana in April of 2006.

"I am thrilled to be taking on this important role in our company and I look forward to working closely with some of the brightest advertising directors and publishers in our industry," VanBaalen said. "These are exciting and challenging times for our business and the opportunities for growth are unlimited. I will miss working with the newspaper staffs at these three great newspapers and with the members of the community. This part of Indiana is on a growth track that is unprecedented.”

VanBaalen has always been active in the community, serving in various capacities. His involvement includes vice president of the Community for the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce, treasurer for the Heart of the Tree City (HOTTCity) downtown development, board member for the Community Partners for Child Safety program throughout southeastern Indiana and board member for the Children’s Bureau of Indiana.

VanBaalen and his wife Ruth have one son, Eric.

Newspaper Holdings Inc. is a division of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. CNHI, a privately-owned company based in Birmingham, Ala., was founded in 1997 and has grown steadily to become one of the nation’s largest publishers of community newspapers, web sites and niche publications.

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