Ann Laurence has been named publisher of the Richmond, Ky., Register. She succeeds Nick Lewis, who retired.

Laurence was previously publisher of the Athens, Ala., News Courier, a job she held since 2005. Prior to that, she was publisher of the Morehead, Ky., News.

“Ann is a talented newspaper executive, and she will do an exceptional job as publisher of the Register,” said Keith Blevins, COO of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. “She has close ties to the area, and I know she will do a great job for the readers and advertisers in Richmond.”

A native of Winchester, Ky., Laurence joined CNHI in 2000 as a regional sales director.

“It’s wonderful to be back in Kentucky. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to build on the accomplishments of the Richmond Register team,” Laurence said.