Larranaga named to succeed Gould as NRN publisher

Larranaga named to succeed Gould as NRN publisher

NEW YORK —Nation’s Restaurant News’ national director of sales, Tom Larranaga, has been promoted to publisher to succeed Alan Gould, who resigned after 10 years as NRN’s leader to work with educational and nonprofit groups.

Larranaga, who had just been named associate publisher effective last month, joined NRN as sales director in May 2006. The graduate of Bryant University in Rhode Island has worked for more than 18 years in business-to-business media, previously as group publisher at Advanstar Communications and before that as publisher with the VNU Group, now known as the Nielsen Co. —Nation’s Restaurant News’ national director of sales, Tom Larranaga, has been promoted to publisher to succeed Alan Gould, who resigned after 10 years as NRN’s leader to work with educational and nonprofit groups.

Larranaga’s experience as a leader dates back at least to his college days, when he was captain of his university’s basketball team. He has been married to Amy Larranaga for 10 years; they and their son, Jason, live in Upper Montclair, N.J. —Nation’s Restaurant News’ national director of sales, Tom Larranaga, has been promoted to publisher to succeed Alan Gould, who resigned after 10 years as NRN’s leader to work with educational and nonprofit groups.

Gould, who also was a vice president of NRN’s New York-based parent company, Lebhar-Friedman Inc., joined NRN 14 years ago as director of marketing and was named associate publisher in 1995. He was promoted to publisher in 1998 and was named a corporate VP in 2000. —Nation’s Restaurant News’ national director of sales, Tom Larranaga, has been promoted to publisher to succeed Alan Gould, who resigned after 10 years as NRN’s leader to work with educational and nonprofit groups.

Lebhar-Friedman executive vice president and group publisher James C. Doherty praised both men and hailed Larranaga as a “dedicated and professional” media veteran while expressing regret at Gould’s departure. —Nation’s Restaurant News’ national director of sales, Tom Larranaga, has been promoted to publisher to succeed Alan Gould, who resigned after 10 years as NRN’s leader to work with educational and nonprofit groups.

“Nation’s Restaurant News is fortunate to have a proven publishing executive available to fill this very important management position,” he said. “Tom Larranaga will make a great publisher for Nation’s Restaurant News. He will ensure the continued success and leadership position that this publication now holds in the foodservice industry. I look forward to working with him and his team.” —Nation’s Restaurant News’ national director of sales, Tom Larranaga, has been promoted to publisher to succeed Alan Gould, who resigned after 10 years as NRN’s leader to work with educational and nonprofit groups.

Larranaga called his new role “a great privilege” and said: “I am thrilled by the opportunity to lead Nation’s Restaurant News and our talented team of industry pros. I’ve met many great people in the industry over the past two years and learned a lot about foodservice. On one hand, it’s so simple, creative and fun and, on another, so nuanced and complex. The market has many challenges right now, but the industry’s foundation is strong and the future holds opportunity for those who have real solutions and execute.” —Nation’s Restaurant News’ national director of sales, Tom Larranaga, has been promoted to publisher to succeed Alan Gould, who resigned after 10 years as NRN’s leader to work with educational and nonprofit groups.

The range of media channels and services Larranaga now oversees extends beyond NRN’s flag-ship weekly publication to include the premium-subscription NRN Daily NewsFax; the NRN.com web-site; the annual Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators conference, MUFSO; the annual International Foodservice Technology Exposition, FS/TEC; 12 e-newsletters; and various symposia and roundtable-style seminars as well as such new-media ventures as Internet-based podcasts and Web-based seminars. —Nation’s Restaurant News’ national director of sales, Tom Larranaga, has been promoted to publisher to succeed Alan Gould, who resigned after 10 years as NRN’s leader to work with educational and nonprofit groups.

That portfolio of enterprises was expanded significantly under the tenure of NRN’s former publisher, such as with the successful advent of FS/TEC and the MenuMasters awards event. —Nation’s Restaurant News’ national director of sales, Tom Larranaga, has been promoted to publisher to succeed Alan Gould, who resigned after 10 years as NRN’s leader to work with educational and nonprofit groups.

“Alan Gould has made terrific contributions to the success of Nation’s Restaurant News and its leadership position in foodservice publishing,” Doherty said.“Alan has been instrumental in mentoring some of Nation’s Restaurant News’ brightest associates, both in the sales and editorial departments. He will be missed by many inside and outside of Lebhar-Friedman.” —Nation’s Restaurant News’ national director of sales, Tom Larranaga, has been promoted to publisher to succeed Alan Gould, who resigned after 10 years as NRN’s leader to work with educational and nonprofit groups.

While steering NRN’s rise to market leadership among foodservice media, Gould has forged working bonds between the publication and such organizations as the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance and the National Restaurant Association [2] Educational Foundation. He was honored last year with an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University, and in 2005 Lebhar-Friedman presented him with its prestigious Arnold D. Friedman Citizenship Award. —Nation’s Restaurant News’ national director of sales, Tom Larranaga, has been promoted to publisher to succeed Alan Gould, who resigned after 10 years as NRN’s leader to work with educational and nonprofit groups.

“I have had a wonderful 14 years with Nation’s Restaurant News and have had an opportunity to work with some of the most talented individuals in all of business-to-business publishing,” Gould said. “In recent years, I have wanted to increase the amount of time I spend helping educational institutions and other nonprofit organizations, and now that will be the focus of my work. While I will miss the people of Nation’s Restaurant News, I look forward to applying my skills to the organizations and causes that are so important to me.” —Nation’s Restaurant News’ national director of sales, Tom Larranaga, has been promoted to publisher to succeed Alan Gould, who resigned after 10 years as NRN’s leader to work with educational and nonprofit groups.

Gould’s “desire and passion to provide consulting, marketing and public relations services for nonprofit and educational organizations is both admirable and appropriate,” Doherty said. “Any client that Alan has will be greatly rewarded. I personally have been greatly rewarded by working with Alan. He is a consummate executive with great talent.” —Nation’s Restaurant News’ national director of sales, Tom Larranaga, has been promoted to publisher to succeed Alan Gould, who resigned after 10 years as NRN’s leader to work with educational and nonprofit groups.

Before joining NRN, Gould was an executive with the marketing firm of Madigan & McManus after serving for more than 14 years with Hilton International, where he was corporate director of public relations. —Nation’s Restaurant News’ national director of sales, Tom Larranaga, has been promoted to publisher to succeed Alan Gould, who resigned after 10 years as NRN’s leader to work with educational and nonprofit groups.

Among other endeavors, Gould plans to assist his wife, Mary, and her partners in a new business they have launched, a regional therapeutic center aiding children with autism. —Nation’s Restaurant News’ national director of sales, Tom Larranaga, has been promoted to publisher to succeed Alan Gould, who resigned after 10 years as NRN’s leader to work with educational and nonprofit groups.