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Christopher S. McKenney Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer -- Publishers Group West
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Chris McKenney, Ext. 305 Publisher:
Chris McKenneyChief Financial OfficerChris grew up in Swampscott, Massachusetts.He attended Bentley College and graduated with a degree in accounting.Chris worked at a public accounting firm in Boston for several years before going to work for a newspaper group, Alta Group Newspapers and moved to Maine in 1979.Over the course of his employment with Alta Group he served as corporate controller and treasurer.A portion of the newspapers making up Alta Group was acquired by the Beacon Press, which publishes the Journal Tribune.Chris currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for a family owned group of daily and weekly newspapers in Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including the Journal Tribune.Chris currently lives in Saco with his wife Debi and two daughters Nelia and Mira.You can contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Its new "global logistics company," called Publishers Logistics Worldwide, intends to help publishers cope with the problems that arise with outsourcing to Asia, particularly "lack of transparency," inaccurate estimates, delivery date promises, and lack of container space; as well as problems once the shipments reach the US, such as truckers' unwillingness to allocate full-load trailers to partial load shipments, according to Chris McKenney, Executive VP/COO of PGW.
He says 35% of its clients' printed material comes from Asia.
Out of about 35 PGW publishers that print in Asia, about 25 are already using the logistics services, which unofficially started this summer.
With an Oracle-based tracking system, PLW organizes the publishers' print runs so they can consolidate titles into PLW containers and link the shipments with freight networks in the US.
It will be extended to Europe "soon," with a "consolidation point" in the UK, and is working to have similar facilities in place for US exports to Australia, Asia, and Europe by spring 2005.
McKenney estimates the service will save publishers 10-70%, depending on the sizes of their shipments (more cost savings for smaller ones).
Regarding the recent delays, he said, "We haven't seen any titles that aren't going to make it into Amazon's supply chain, or B&N's, or even our independents.
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On the distribution side, PGI (parent of Publishers Group West) has announced that Chris McKenney has been named COO.He succeeds Mike Winton, who announced his retirement last spring.McKenney was CEO of Digital Pond.