October 6, 2012 in Business

Clearwater Paper names new CEO

From Staff And Wire Reports

Linda K. Massman will lead Spokane-based paper and tissue manufacturer Clearwater Paper Corp. beginning next year.

Her appointment as chief executive officer follows a quick rise through the company’s executive ranks. She has been with the firm since its 2008 spinoff from Potlatch Corp, a news release from Clearwater said.

She replaces retiring chairman and CEO Gordon L. Jones, who leaves Dec. 31.

Massman will join the company’s board of directors as part of her new duties.

Vice chairman and lead director of the board Boh A. Dickey will become chairman of the board.

“Linda has been an integral part of the company’s ability to design and execute its strategy from the beginning,” Dickey said in the release.

Clearwater has 15 manufacturing locations in the United States and Canada.

American says seats on 757s repaired

DALLAS – American Airlines says it has repaired 42 of 48 planes that were pulled aside and inspected because the seats could come loose.

The airline said Friday that all seat repairs on its Boeing 757 airplanes should be done by today.

American canceled 44 flights Friday after it scrapped 50 flights Thursday because of the seat problem. It said no flights had been canceled for today.

Dish subscribers face blackout

LOS ANGELES – A dispute over fees threatens to leave more than 2 million Dish subscribers in 19 cities without access to local television stations owned by Gannett just as the fall TV season is starting.

Dish Network Corp. claims Gannett Co. is asking for a 300 percent increase in fees for the right to carry 22 Gannett stations affiliated with NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox. Gannett says it’s seeking a fair deal in line with market rates.

The companies’ existing deal expires at midnight Mountain time on Sunday. Dish has its headquarters in Englewood, Colo. Gannett, which is based in McLean, Va., owns such stations as KUSA-TV in Denver, WXIA-TV in Atlanta and WUSA-TV in Washington. The only Gannett station excluded from the dispute is one in Flagstaff, Ariz., which merely retransmits the feed of another station.

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