La Raza Newspaper Publisher and CEO Steps Down

La Raza Newspaper Publisher and CEO Steps Down


Chicago, IL—(HISPANIC P RWIRE)–October 31, 2007–ImpreMedia, LLC, the No.1 Hispanic news and information company in the United States in online and print, announced today that Robert J. Armband, CEO and Publisher of ImpreMedia’s La Raza Newspaper in Chicago, would step down effective immediately. Mike Cano, Marketing Director of ImpreMedia’s La Opinión newspaper in Los Angeles, will succeed Armband on a interim basis. Prior to joining La Opinión, Mr. Cano was President and CEO of LANG’s Impacto USA out of Long Beach. Prior to Impacto, he was recruited by the Belo Company to launch and develop Al Dia in Dallas, Texas.

John Paton, CEO of ImpreMedia said, “Robert has been an integral part of La Raza’s success in transforming from a small urban weekly to the No. 1 Hispanic weekly in the U.S. in terms of revenues. He has been an innovator not only for La Raza but also to the Hispanic publishing industry. We are very grateful to Robert for his efforts and leadership over the past 3 years following ImpreMedia’s acquisition of La Raza. We thank Robert for his contributions, hard work and dedication and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Mr. Armband stated, “My decision to step down was based on my desire to spend more time with my family, and to pursue new projects and challenges. I am proud of my accomplishments at La Raza and I look forward to continuing to serve the Hispanic community through new and innovative projects.”

About ImpreMedia

ImpreMedia is the #1 Hispanic news and information media company in the United States in print and online. The company’s online news and information sites are the No. 1 online network for Hispanics in the U.S. in Spanish. ImpreMedia is also the nation’s largest Hispanic newspaper publisher with publications reaching 23 cities representing 72% of the U.S. Hispanic population. Those publications include El Diario La Prensa, Hoy and Fin de Semana in New York, El Mensajero in the San Francisco Bay area, La Opinión and La Opinión Contigo in Los Angeles, La Prensa in Orlando and Tampa and La Raza in Chicago, each the leading Spanish-language newspapers in their respective markets. ImpreMedia’s titles also include La Vibra, the premier weekly entertainment publication for young urban Hispanics, with a circulation of 534,000 in six key Hispanic markets, and Vista magazine, the dual language magazine distributed in 31 newspapers with one million copies across 23 U.S. markets. ImpreMedia provides marketers with effective multi-platform solutions in print and online to reach the rapidly growing and influential Hispanic market. For more information, visit our website at: ImpreMedia is the No.1 Hispanic news and information company in the United States in online and print. Its network of online news and information websites is the premier destination for US Hispanics. Its newspapers and magazine publications are distributed in 23 markets, representing more than 70% of the U.S. Hispanic population.

About La Raza Chicago, Inc.

La Raza Newspaper is the leading Spanish language newspaper in Chicago with an audited circulation 198,191 according to Certified Audit of Circulation (June 30, 2007). It is also among the largest Sunday Hispanic newspapers in the United States. La Raza has been recognized by the National Association of Hispanic Publications as the “Best Spanish Language Weekly” five times over the past decade and was named by Editor & Publisher as one of “Ten That Do It Right.” La Raza also provides content to the Sun-Times Network Group (STNG) Wire Service, which enables Chicago broadcasters to gain information on the Hispanic community. La Raza Chicago, Inc., is a subsidiary of ImpreMedia LLC.

La Raza Newspaper Publisher and CEO Steps Down