The Charlotte-based company is the publisher of 43 business journals, as well as Upstart Business Journal and Bizwomen. All of those have websites.
Paton has been in that position since December 2007. Before that, he spent 11 years as the publisher of the Dallas Business Journal, an ACBJ paper.
His career at the company also included stints as managing editor and editor of the Dallas paper, editor of the Pittsburgh Business Times and a staff writer at the San Francisco Business Times, Cincinnati Business Courier and Washington Business Journal.
Paton is also an accomplished photojournalist with experience shooting NFL games and other professional and collegiate sports, including three Super Bowls.