Press Release

Kirk Davis Joins Power Poll as Executive Chairman of the Board

Former GateHouse Media CEO Signs On With Polling News Startup

May 13, 2020
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NASHVILLE (May 11, 2020) – Kirk Davis, former GateHouse Media CEO, has joined Nashville-based Power Poll, a nonpartisan survey, news, and information company, as Executive Chairman of the Board. The announcement comes as the rapidly expanding Power Poll prepares to launch its innovative news and survey product in coming weeks with media partners in Atlanta, Miami and Chicago.

Davis, a highly respected media executive who guided Gatehouse through a period of tremendous growth prior to its merger with Gannett last year, was named GateHouse chief executive officer in 2014 after serving as president and chief operating officer from 2009 to 2013.

"I was immediately impressed with Power Poll's model, and I look forward to joining them as they rapidly bring on new partners," Davis said. "In a market flooded with new sources for news and information, Power Poll has created a simple, important, and replicable product that has built impressive audience engagement and a solid advertising base. Power Poll has multiple channels for growth."

"Getting Kirk on board was a huge win for us because he knows the media business better than anyone I know," said Power Poll Founder & CEO Bruce Dobie. "When it comes to print and digital media, few have Kirk's experience and grasp of the changing trends in the industry. He will be crucial as we continue our expansion into the country's 300 biggest cities."

Power Poll began operations in Nashville, expanded into Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Memphis in the fall of 2018, and is active in Austin, Birmingham, Jackson, Lexington, Louisville, New Orleans, Oakland, Palm Beach, and Richmond. Media partners include select Gannet newspapers and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

About Power Poll

Power Poll is a nonpartisan survey, news and information company focused on the thoughts, opinions and beliefs of influential and powerful people. It aspires to roll out city surveys of its member lists in the top 300 U.S. cities. Power Poll enlists knowledgeable journalists in member markets to manage operations. It also offers market licenses and exclusive branding rights to credentialed media partners. Power Poll targets individuals who shape the discussion of the world in which we live. Power Poll members run our cities, our states, and our country. We know what they're thinking.