William J. Higginson
William J. Higginson, age 54, is President and Chief Operating Officer of Journal Register Company where he manages the operations of the Company's 324 multi-platform products. Mr. Higginson's experience in the industry and knowledge of the Company are unrivaled.
Mr. Higginson started his career as a pressman for Matzner Publications in 1973. He has served the Company in various management and operational positions from Production Director at the Trentonian, in Trenton, New Jersey to operational responsibility for the Company's Connecticut cluster, including its flagship property, the New Haven Register. In 1994, Mr. Higginson moved to the corporate office as Corporate Production Director where he was instrumental in the formation of Journal Register Company and its initial public offering and listing on the NYSE.
As Vice President of Production for the Company, Mr. Higginson spearheaded the design, equipment selection and building of the Journal Register Offset printing facility in Exton, Pennsylvania which opened in 2001. This facility prints more than 60 newspapers and was accepted into the 2006-2008 International Newspaper Color Quality Club, the printing quality competition run by ifra. This is the highest honor a newspaper can receive for its printing quality with only 50 members from around the world accepted every two years.
Mr. Higginson took on the role of Senior Vice President of Production for the Company in August 2006 and was named President and Chief Operating Officer in March 2010. Mr. Higginson has played a key role in the execution of the Company's financial restructuring and its drive to move to a digital first multi-media company. His contributions to the management team are essential in forming the strategies that will shape the Company's future.
Mr. Higginson lives in Flemington, New Jersey with his wife, Katie and three sons.