Susie Ellwood is publisher for the Austin American-Statesman. Ellwood began her media career in 1984 when she joined the Arkansas Gazette as VP and director of marketing and led the marketing effort to take the Gazette from a privately held operation to corporate ownership by Gannett. Prior to her appointment to publisher of the Statesman in 2012, Ellwood was executive VP and general manager for USA TODAY, where she was responsible for editorial and business functions and strategic direction for Gannett’s flagship brand. She also provided direction for the recent re-design and re-launch on all platforms. Additionally, she held senior executive positions at the Detroit Media Partnership, including CEO, where she led the strategic transition of Detroit’s two metro dailies. Ellwood currently serves on the board of directors for the International Newsmedia Marketing Association (INMA) North America, and is a board member for the Central and South Texas chapter of the Make-A-Wish foundation. Ellwood is an Arkansas native and a graduate of Arkansas State University.