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Management Team

Senior Management

Steve Stewart : President and Chief Executive Officer

Steve Stewart

President and Chief Executive Officer

Stewart, publisher of聽The Tidewater News, is active in group and individual management. He lives and works from Franklin, Va. Stewart was previously publisher of聽The Clarksdale (Miss.) Press Register听补苍诲The Yazoo (Miss.) Herald听补苍诲 editor of聽The Meridian (Miss.) Star聽before joining BNI in 2006. Stewart, whose background is in news, is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. In 2005, he was the inaugural John Emmerich Fellow at the University of Oxford in England.

Joseph C. [Jay] Davis, Jr. : Chief Financial Officer

Joseph C. [Jay] Davis, Jr.

Chief Financial Officer

Davis, business manager of聽The Selma (Ala.) Times-Journal聽since 1979, currently manages the BNI group's Accounting, accounts payable center and employee retirement plan. He lives and works from Selma, Ala. Davis has a varied experience in the newspaper industry, with emphasis in the area of accounting. During the years of his association with the BNI group, Davis has directed the group's accounting work, overseen accounting software development and implementation, administered employee benefits, and handled corporate insurance. He began his career as a newspaper carrier in Selma.

Kevin Cooper : Senior Vice President, Digital

Kevin Cooper

Senior Vice President, Digital

Cooper, publisher of聽The Natchez (Miss.) Democrat, is active in group and individual management. He lives and works from Natchez. Cooper was previously publisher of聽The Ironton (Ohio) Tribune聽newspaper. He also previously served as BNI鈥檚 new media director. His background is in news, joining BNI in 1993 as a staff photographer in Natchez. Cooper is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Catherine 么么直播 Hadaway : Senior Vice President

Catherine 么么直播 Hadaway

Senior Vice President

James B. 么么直播, Jr. : Founder 1935-2023

James B. 么么直播, Jr.

Founder 1935-2023

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