Idea Village founder and CEO Tim Williamson, a nationally respected business leader whose determination to expand economic and leadership opportunities for New Orleanians sparked an entrepreneurial renaissance in his hometown, has been named President of NOLA Media Group.

Williamson replaces Ricky Mathews, who previously announced his intention to transition out of his role as NOLA Media Group president and help lead new initiatives with Advance Local, a group of affiliated websites and newspapers of which NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune are members.

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“As a native New Orleanian, it’s an incredible honor to be entrusted to carry the 179-year tradition of The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com into the future,” Williamson said. “This is a time of extraordinary change in our industry and our region. But our core values remain the same as they have always been: to inform, engage, challenge and inspire as we work together to make New Orleans a better place.”

“We are excited to have Tim Williamson lead our talented team at NOLA Media Group,” said Randy Siegel, President of Advance Local, one of the nation’s largest media groups, reaching nearly 60 million consumers through 12 affiliated  market-leading local news and information websites and more than 30 newspapers. “Tim has a tremendous track record of success and a deep appreciation for quality journalism and community service.”

NOLA.com attracts about 6 million unique visitors and 60 million page views per month, more than any other news site in the state. Its journalism is also showcased in The Times-Picayune. Together, they are the nation’s No. 1 newspaper-website combination in the U.S. in markets our size and larger (2015 Nielsen Scarborough Report).

“It was important that the next president of NOLA Media Group be a proven innovator with a strong media background, proven business acumen and deep roots in New Orleans,” said Mathews. “Tim is all of those things and more. He is the perfect person to lead our company into the future.”

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