The Newspaper Association of America board of directors has appointed Caroline H. Little, a seasoned newspaper executive who has led digital publishing companies, to serve as the group’s president and chief executive officer.
Little will start Sept. 6. She succeeds John F. Sturm, who led the association for 16 years and previously announced his retirement.
Little, 51, draws upon more than 25 years of executive and legal experience, serving most recently as chief executive officer of North America for Guardian News and Media, where she oversaw all U.S. operations.
Prior to that, Little was with Washington Post Newsweek Interactive, her last four years there as publisher and chief executive officer, leading the division to its first year of profitability and playing a key role in integrating WPNI with other units of The Washington Post Co. From 2000 through 2004 she had served as chief operating officer, managing all WPNI product development, technology, sales and marketing activities.
Little started at The Washington Post Co. in 1997 as vice president and general counsel of WPNI, representing the company’s Internet division and advising clients on corporate, financial, editorial and intellectual property matters.
“I am very excited to be joining NAA, and look forward to working with an amazing group of publishers, small and large, to further integrate newspapers in all forms – including digital, print, and mobile – into the ever-changing media landscape,” said Little. “Newspapers play an incredibly vital role in our society, and I look forward to leading NAA at this critical juncture.”
Little joined The Washington Post Company after serving as deputy general counsel for U.S. News & World Report, The Atlantic Monthly and Fast Company. She was also deputy general counsel for Applied Graphics Technologies and for Applied Printing Technologies. She began her career in 1986 as an associate in Arnold & Porter’s Washington, D.C., office, where she was a member of the telecommunications, real estate and general corporate law practices.