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Warren T. Colville has been promoted to president of The Buffalo News, News Publisher Stanford Lipsey announced today.

Colville, who has been executive vice president at The News since 1997, will report to Lipsey.

Colville will continue his duties as the No. 2 executive at The News, supervising the advertising and circulation departments, and running other parts of the day-to-day operation.

"The title change reflects my confidence in Warren's ability and experience," said Lipsey, who had held the title of president until today. "We have worked together with great success over the past 13 years and I know we will continue to do so."

Colville joined The News in 1988 as vice president and advertising director. He previously was advertising director at the Sarasota, Fla., Herald Tribune and the Newark Star Ledger. A native of Westchester County, he resides in Orchard Park.

Lipsey also announced the promotion of Robert J. Casell to executive vice president. Casell is responsible for production, transportation, operations and information systems.

Casell, who lives in Buffalo, was named senior vice president in 1996. He joined The News in 1993 as vice president of production.

A Buffalo native, Casell began his newspaper career at the Miami Herald. He moved to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel as pressroom manager, and then to the Fort Wayne, Ind., newspapers as production director.

In addition, Rodney E. Layton today was named vice president and chief financial officer.

Layton joined The News in 1989 as treasurer and controller. Previously he was audit manager at The News' parent company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in Omaha, Neb. He is a native of Wyoming who lives in Williamsville.

Lipsey also announced that The News' editor, Margaret M. Sullivan, is taking on the additional title of vice president.

Sullivan joined The News as a summer intern in 1980. She was named managing editor in 1998 and editor in 1999. A Lackawanna native who lives in Buffalo, Sullivan is the first woman to be named a News vice president.

Lipsey said The News is fortunate to have Casell, Layton and Sullivan on its management team.

"These promotions position The News to face a changing future with strong leadership," he said.

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