I'm excited to announce two staffing changes at the Business Record that are the final moves of the leadership succession plan we announced in January.

Suzanne Behnke

First, we have hired Suzanne Behnke as the new editor of the Business Record. I will officially abdicate the role of editor and transition full-time into the position as publisher as Suzanne assumes the responsibilities of editor, leading our staff writers and directing our newsroom's coverage of the Greater Des Moines business community. Her first day will be July 10.

In addition to Suzanne's hiring, Senior Staff Writer Perry Beeman has been promoted to managing editor. The move won't affect the beats he covers as a reporter, but will position Perry, and his deep knowledge of the community, as an asset for both Suzanne and the staff to leverage.

Suzanne is going to be a great fit in the community and is sure to continue building on and improving the quality and depth of the Business Record's coverage. 

She has 15-plus years of journalism experience, is a 1997 graduate of Wartburg College, has a master's degree in public administration from Drake University, and is also an adjunct journalism instructor at Simpson College. She got her start as a reporter, copy editor and page designer at the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and then took those skills to the Des Moines Register, at which she spent two stints totaling nearly 13 years in a variety of editing jobs including state editor, deputy copy desk chief and news editor/front page editor. 

Once Suzanne is on board, we'll be sure to introduce her to you on a more personal level, so you can learn about her news philosophy and about what makes her tick. I can't wait for you to get to know her better.

I'm confident that these most recent changes, along with our announcement in April that Sara Brown would be joining the team as the Business Record's new director of advertising, position our team for future growth and an ability to help you do business better with new and innovative products, and an even more robust coverage of the community.