Mr. Paton is the Chief Executive Officer of the Journal Register Company - one of the largest news and information companies in the United States with more than 300 print and online products serving 14 million Americans each month.
He is the co-founder of impreMedia LLC which he and his partners built into the largest news and information company serving the U.S. Hispanic population. Mr. Paton, whose career started as a copyboy and rose through the editorial ranks, was named Editor & Publisher's Publisher of the Year in 2009 - in recognition of his efforts to transform a legacy news company into a modern multi-platform news company. He has been named as a "Media All-Star" for 2005 by AdWeek magazine's Marketing y Medios. In September of 2006, Mr. Paton was the first non-broadcast executive to be named the Hispanic Media Executive of the Year by HispanicAd.Com at the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies' annual conference. In May 2008, Mr. Paton was named a finalist in New York's Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program.
Since the mid-90's, Mr. Paton has been directly involved as a senior executive, board member or advisor in more than $3.6 billion in media transactions and financings involving both private and public companies. He has a well developed reputation as a turn-around specialist who builds effective management teams, drives award winning journalism and achieves superior financial results. A media executive for more than 30 years, Mr. Paton has been responsible for newspaper and online operations in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Mr. Paton is a graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program and has successfully completed the Finance for Senior Executives program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. In 2006 his alma mater Ryerson University honored him with their Alumni of Distinction Award.
Mr. Paton is a member of the board of directors of: Journal Register Company; Postmedia Network; the Newspaper Association of America and a member of the board of advisors of the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.
Mr. Paton lives in New York City.