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Inside NCR

This is a week for introductions.

NCR is a vital and healthy enterprise because of a lot of people whose responsibilities range well beyond the newsroom. They don’t get bylines every week, but they should. Without the folks in other areas -- advertising, marketing, purchasing, computer and Web services, business and accounting, graphic arts, list management, circulation and customer service, and the mail department -- our work would never reach you.

NCR has two new faces in its marketing department, Charlie Owens and Rachel Hill. The department markets NCR, the newsweekly, and also Celebration, an ecumenical worship resource, and three newsletters, Eucharistic Minister, The Caring Community and The Catechists Connection.

Owens, 58, who spent 30 years in sales and marketing management for the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain’s Financial Information Division, recently joined NCR Publishing Co. as director of marketing.

Owens went in search of a second career when the division was purchased in 1996 and he faced the prospect of relocating. As he terms it, curiosity and a bit of “luck” led him to answer a local ad and, ultimately, to place his impressive experience and resumé at the service of the NCR effort.

“What attracted me initially,” he said, “was the challenge I saw in helping to increase the subscriber base and to further the mission of the publications. I felt that I could make a genuine contribution and I had a sincere belief that the contribution would be appreciated.”

Rachel Hill, 22, a May graduate of the Jesuits’ Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., with a major in business communications, is the new assistant director of marketing. She previously worked at NCR as a marketing intern for the previous marketing director, Jessica Ovel, who left NCR in August for studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

In addition, we recently welcomed Rebecca Lackey, 22, a May graduate of Kansas State University, with a major in graphic design, as assistant layout editor.

She didn’t take long to make an impression. This week’s center spread is her work.

-- Tom Roberts

My email address is troberts@natcath.org

National Catholic Reporter, October 27, 2000