Universal Uclick President Lee Salem to Take Leave of Absence, Sets Retirement Date

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Vice President and Editorial Director John Glynn to become President.

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Lee Salem, president of Universal Uclick (UU), an Andrews McMeel Universal (AMU) company, will take a three-month leave of absence effective February 15, 2013, announced John P. McMeel, chairman and president of AMU. Salem will return May 15 as president emeritus with a planned retirement date of March 31, 2014. John Glynn, UU vice president and editorial director, will become president on February 15, 2013, and will retain his positions as editorial director of UU and a member of AMU’s board of directors.

“It is hard to overestimate – or quantify - Lee Salem’s contributions to Universal Uclick,” said McMeel. “His prescient eye for discovering talent, remarkable skill in nurturing that talent, and tireless pursuit in developing new opportunities and platforms for our creators is unequalled. He has been essential in establishing UU as the vibrant, thriving home renowned for exceptional original content and has advanced the editorial vision of my founding partner, Jim Andrews, and myself for nearly four decades. We are immensely grateful for his commitment to AMU.”

“It has been a singular privilege to work with and for the good people at Andrews McMeel Universal for so many years and to represent the efforts of so many talented, creative individuals,” said Salem. “I now look forward to helping to make the transition as smooth and productive as possible for John Glynn, my other colleagues and our creators.”

Salem will retire after a 40-year career with Andrews McMeel Universal. As editor, Salem fostered the talents of some of the most gifted creators in the industry, including Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury), Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Gary Larson (The Far Side), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse) and Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac). His leadership has been integral to UU’s growth and diversification into a variety of print, online and mobile platforms.

A native of New Hampshire, Salem joined Universal Press Syndicate as assistant editor in 1974 after receiving his B.A. in English from Park University. He received an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 1972, was named vice president and editorial director of UPS in 1981. Salem was named president of UPS in 2006 and in 2009 was named president of Universal Uclick when UPS, the largest independent syndicate in the United States, joined with Uclick, the leading digital entertainment provider of humor, comics, editorial cartoons, daily games and text features for the desktop, web and mobile phones, to become a single, full service print and digital syndication and licensing company.

“UU has flourished by representing extraordinary talent, cultivating relationships, and by being an innovator in terms of content and delivery,” continued McMeel. “Lee has championed UU’s effectiveness in all of these areas. He has earned the admiration and respect of our sales force by providing matchless content, print and online editors worldwide (including weathering storms as Garry Trudeau’s editor for more than 30 years), and UU’s creators as a sound and insightful guide in the development of beloved features. It is hard to imagine UU without Lee’s fundamental involvement. We are very pleased he will be working with us in an advisory capacity during the transition to new leadership.”    

About Andrews McMeel Universal
Andrews McMeel Universal, a Kansas City-based company, was founded in 1970 and is comprised of Andrews McMeel Publishing, Universal Uclick, and AMUSE.

About Universal Uclick
Universal Uclick is the largest independent syndicate in the world and a leading digital entertainment provider of humor, comic strips, political cartoons and gaming content for print, Web and mobile devices. Universal Uclick provides editorial development, licensing and other distribution services for iconic brands like Doonesbury, Dear Abby, Miss Manners and some of the most significant comics in history, including Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, Garfield, Peanuts, Dilbert, For Better or For Worse, Cathy, and Ziggy. Recent standout successes include Lio, Cul de Sac, Pearls Before Swine, Get Fuzzy, Big Nate and The Argyle Sweater. A full comic catalog can be found at GoComics.com. For more information on Universal Uclick, visit UniversalUclick.com.

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