Mark Block, the spokesman for Interstate General Media, publishers of the Inquirer and Daily News, has resigned. He is being replaced by Jonathan Tevis.
Block, whose career spanned a number of ownership groups at the papers and Philly.com, was often the face of the company during difficult times; big internal emails often went out under his name.
According to Linkedin, Tevis has been rising on the biz side of the newspapers since 2006. He’d taken a more public role since Gerry Lenfest’s acquisition of the papers, so this transition isn’t a huge surprise.
Block's farewell email, below:
To All IGM Employees:
I am routinely sending out company emails for many different topics, but this evening my email is bittersweet. I resigned effective today as Vice President, External Relations for Interstate General Media. I wish Gerry Lenfest the very best as he continues building a stellar leadership team and very successful business at IGM. I want to thank Mr. Lenfest for his tremendous support, as I have been most fortunate to personally spend time with him and share some of the current successes and relationships in our region that I feel proud we have developed, and nurtured, from within our External Relations Department. I have also been working very closely with my colleague, Jonathan Tevis, the last few weeks to make sure that External Relations would be providing every resource possible to support our organization through a successful period of transition. Tonight, I am pleased to report that External Relations is well on the path to fulfilling that objective and important function. I feel very comfortable making a departure and believe that Jonathan is well prepared to continue supporting the resources that best represent External Relations. For your reference, Jonathan can be reached directly at (215)854-5790 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each of you receiving this email has somehow, or at one time, played an important part of my professional development and success within this company. Now is the right time for me to pursue new endeavors. I feel incredibly fortunate to know that I can reflect back on this period of my career, always valuing and highly regarding the opportunity to have made lifetime friendships here, in addition to being associated with such an iconic and prestigious catalog of news publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.
In closing, I want to thank all of you.
I hope that you will remain in touch. I have no doubt that our paths will cross in the future.
With best wishes,