Covington & Burling partner Kurt Wimmer succeeds Thomas Chapple and will sit on media company’s top managment board.
Kurt Wimmer, a media and intellectual property lawyer and a partner in the Washington office of Covington & Burling, today was named senior vice president and general counsel of Gannett Co. The appointment is effective Aug. 21.
Succeeding Thomas Chapple, who has retired, Wimmer will become a member of the Gannett Management Committee, the company’s advisory group of top executives.
Wimmer has been a partner of Covington & Burling since 1995, and was managing partner at the firm’s London office from 2000 to 2003. His work has dealt with content liability and newsgathering advice and litigation; television and Internet programming transactions; U.S. and international laws relating to the Internet; and public policy, including work with the FCC.
“Kurt Wimmer is simply a perfect fit with Gannett. A former journalist turned lawyer, his remarkable record representing television, print and new media companies—as well as his experiences in London and in the area of intellectual property law—dovetails with Gannett’s needs,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â said Craig A. Dubow, chairman, president and CEO of Gannett.
“Kurt is the right person at the right time as we implement our strategic plan to enhance our core assets while growing our digital business.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Wimmer is president of the Media Law Resource Center’s Defense Counsel Section. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Media Institute and is chair of the group’s First Amendment Advisory Council.
His clients have included top media companies in the United States and the Ministries of Communications of Israel and Sweden. He has advised journalists and others in 18 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and in Central Asia.
He has worked as a copy editor, photojournalist and a reporter. He received a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism; a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and a Master’s in Communications Policy from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse. He is the first lawyer to receive the Joseph A. Sprague Award from the National Press Photographers Association.