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AP's Curley to retire; led agency into digital age

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley says he will retire after nine years leading the company through a media landscape reshaped by unprecedented upheaval.

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley says he will retire after nine years leading the company through a media landscape reshaped by unprecedented upheaval.

AP's board has set up a committee to find a replacement. Curley said Monday that he will stay on through the transition.

Curley worked to reshape the news co-operative for the digital era. He oversaw the launch of platforms for multimedia content, led a search for fresh sources of revenue and vigorously protected industry newsgathering in a wide-open online marketplace.

Curley, 63, mandated strategic thinking and rapid response as AP faced competition from new quarters.

William Dean Singleton, chairman of the AP board and MediaNews Group Inc., called Curley "the perfect leader to guide AP through the roughest times the media industry has ever seen."

 
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