By George E. Curry
Highly-respected media and entertainment executive William G. Tompkins, Jr. has been named president and chief executive officer of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a federation of more than 200 Black-owned publications., “Bill is an accomplished, nationally-known executive who will be responsible for executing the vision of the NNPA Board of Directors,” said NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell, publisher of the Arizona Informant. Campbell described Tompkins as “a true visionary who will make an immediate impact on the organization.” Tompkins worked at the Washington Post for 19 years in a variety of top-level positions, including vice president of marketing, director of national advertising and manager of corporate and financial advertising sales. He left the newspaper to join Kodak as chief marketing officer of its entertainment imaging business unit. Tompkins was also vice president and general manager of the Motion Picture Film Group for the Eastman Kodak Company, managing a $700 million global distribution operation. “Having had corporate roles during the majority of my career, I now have the opportunity to work with people who represent the heart and soul of what our country is all about, that being entrepreneurs who are making a difference,” Tomkins said. Tompkins received his BA in economics magna cum laude from Tufts University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a former chairman of the National Kidney Foundation and has served on the board of the National Advertising Council.