Dwayne Desaulniers, a former business and technology director for The Associated Press, has been named the news cooperative's director of local media for New England.
The appointment was announced Friday by Eva Parziale, AP's regional director for the East.
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"Dwayne brings a great mix of news, technology and entrepreneurial experience to our New England market, as well as an in-depth understanding of AP services and our mission to inform the world," Parziale said. "We're looking forward to having him join us again."
Desaulniers, 48, will be based in Boston, where he will oversee AP's relationships with its newspaper and broadcast members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. He also will be responsible for identifying new customers for AP news content and services.
Desaulniers will report to Parziale and Michael Fabiano, director of local broadcast markets.
"Dwayne is very forward-thinking and has a sense of how to use digital content across platforms, which is of significant interest to our members and customers," Fabiano said.
Desaulniers joined AP in 2005 and held a variety positions in AP's business and technology departments. He was instrumental in the launch of AP Exchange, the cooperative's news distribution platform, and in converting AP from satellite to web-based delivery. Desaulniers and his colleagues were recognized with the AP Chairman's Prize for their innovative work in content delivery.
He left AP in 2012 to become director of product management at WebMD and went on to open a human resources practice supporting the growth of small- and medium-sized businesses in his home state of New Jersey.
Desaulniers also has been director of business development for The Canadian Press and general manager for a group of portals in Canada. He started his career in 1989 as a reporter with Standard Broadcasting, eventually reporting from 13 countries and becoming parliamentary bureau chief for the Canadian network, winning two RTNDA awards during his tenure.
Desaulniers holds an MBA from Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada, and is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal.
Desaulniers succeeds William J. Kole, now news editor for AP in New England.