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Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank stepping down

A screen shot of thestar.com on Aug. 13, 2013. CITYNEWS.

Torstar Corp. says John Cruickshank will be stepping down as publisher of the Toronto Star and president of the Star Media Group, effective May 4.

His responsibilities will be assumed on an interim basis by David Holland, who is president and chief executive of Torstar. The company didn’t announce a reason for Cruickshank’s departure
after more than seven years as publisher of the group’s flagship newspaper, which has the country’s biggest daily circulation.

Cruickshank said in Torstar’s statement that it has been “the most stimulating, demanding and enjoyable period of my professional life.”

The one-time reporter has held a variety of senior management positions at various media groups, including the Globe and Mail newspaper, the Chicago Sun-Times and the CBC. He became Toronto Star publisher in January 2009.