A 37-year-old Maryland native who has been the newspaper’s associate publisher and vice president, Fischer-Huettner is the first woman publisher in the company’s 122-year history.
The announcement was made Thursday night at The Daily Record’s Leading Women event, which recognizes the achievements of Maryland women under 40, by Christopher A. Eddings, who is stepping down as publisher.
Earlier this week, Eddings was promoted to director of publishing operations at The Daily Record’s parent firm, The Dolan Company. He will continue to serve as president of The Daily Record and will continue to live in the Baltimore area, but he will be less involved in the organization’s daily operations.
“As publisher, Suzanne will manage and lead The Daily Record’s growth and success now and in the future,” said Eddings, who had been publisher since 1997. “She will take on all aspects of leadership, from our print and online publications to leading our staff in setting and meeting strategic plans and achieving our overall goals.”
He added, “For all of my years at The Daily Record, Suzanne has shown that there was no hill she couldn’t climb, no problem she couldn’t solve and no job — no matter how complex — that she could not master.”
“It is an honor to be named publisher of Maryland’s essential daily business and legal news source and to succeed a leader and mentor like Chris Eddings.” Fischer-Huettner said.
“I have always been visible in the community, but as publisher I will be the face of The Daily Record and will work to increase our market share throughout Maryland,” she added.
“Suzanne has demonstrated superior leadership skill and expertise on a broad range of initiatives across the company,” said Mark Stodder, The Dolan Company’s executive vice president. “She has helped us continue to grow in challenging times. I’m delighted she’s agreed to take on these new responsibilities in our Baltimore community.”
As associate publisher, Fischer-Huettner has been responsible for day-to-day oversight of The Daily Record’s advertising and circulation departments as well as strategic planning for the company.
She began her newspaper career in February 1996 when she was hired by The Daily Record as a classified advertising salesperson. Two years later she was named classified supervisor.
Before becoming associate publisher in 2000, Fischer-Huettner and her staff tripled classified advertising revenue.
Her record in sales led The Dolan Company to make her a member of its advertising board, which trains, educates and develops ad directors and salespeople across the company, in 2005 — the same year she led The Daily Record sales staff to an increase of more than 23 percent in advertising sales over the previous year.
Between 2001 and 2010, Fischer-Huettner introduced six statewide events under The Daily Record’s umbrella — Healthcare Heroes, Influential Marylanders, Innovator of the Year, Leadership in Law, VIP List and Leading Women.
She also worked closely with key managers in all departments to spearhead the redesign of The Daily Record’s print and online products in 2009.
This year, she has worked with various editors and the publisher to create new Web products, including industry-specific vertical newsletters, as well as a successful model for paid online subscribers.
A graduate of Washington College who is working toward an MBA at the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business, Fischer-Huettner has become a fixture in numerous newspaper, civic and charitable organizations.
She serves on the marketing committees for Catholic Charities and Maryvale Preparatory School. She is a member of the advisory boards for the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Leadership program and the Small Business Development Center CEO Accelerator Program.
She is also on the executive committee of the advisory board of the University of Baltimore’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center.
A certified Integrity Sales Trainer and a 2008 graduate of the GBC Leadership program, Fischer-Huettner lives in Glen Arm with her husband, Steve, a research coordinator at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and their 7-year-old daughter, Isabella.