Changes at the top of Sound Publishing

"Sound Publishing, the Bainbridge Island-based parent company of the Independent, has a new president and two new vice presidents.George LeMasurier, publisher of Sound Publishing's Federal Way Mirror, has been appointed president. Michael Shepard, publisher and general manager of Kitsap Newspaper Group--which includes the Independent--and Lori Maxim, Sound's marketing director, have been named vice presidents.LeMasurier replaces Elio Agostini, president since October 1989.I am fortunate to have other personal and professional interests, Agostini said. I am very proud of the accomplishments of this company, and I look forward to repeating that kind of success elsewhere.Sound Publishing more than doubled--to 15--the number of community newspapers it publishes during Agostini's tenure. He has also been involved in civic and charitable organizations. He recently completed a term as president of United Way of Kitsap County, and he is treasurer of the Kitsap Mental Health Services Foundation.This community has meant so much to me, and I'm so gratified at what so many of us have accomplished at Kitsap United Way and Kitsap Mental Health Services, he said. Before joining Sound Publishing, the bulk of LeMasurier's career was spent managing newspapers in the Midwest and Canada. In the 1990s, LeMasurier was chief operating officer of 28 non-daily newspapers for Thomson Publishing Co., one of the world's largest media companies. More recently, he was editorial director for Island Publishers, a sister company of Sound Publishing on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.Maxim and Shepard joined Sound Publishing in 1988. Maxim has served as a publisher and group publisher in addition to her current role as marketing director. Shepard joined the company as an editor and later served as the company's managing editor before becoming a publisher."

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