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John D. Panasiewicz has been named general manager for Stars and Stripes’ Pacific operations.

He takes over at the Tokyo-based office from Robb Grindstaff, who accepted the position of associate editor in Stripes’ offices in Washington, D.C., this month.

Panasiewicz came to Stripes in 1996 as the circulation manager. He was promoted to circulation director shortly thereafter.

“John’s background of almost 25 years in the newspaper business, along with his strong performance at Pacific Stars and Stripes, demonstrated that he is the right person to take over as general manager,” said Publisher Thomas Kelsch.

According to Max D. Lederer, Stars and Stripes chief operating officer, Panasiewicz has in-depth knowledge of the Pacific Command mission and Stars and Stripes’ role in supporting those forces.

“John has been at Stripes for eight years and has demonstrated great knowledge of our operations,” Lederer said. “His recent and temporary assignment with Stars and Stripes to the Middle East further prepares him to lead this operation as it evolves with the military in meeting the emerging challenges for today’s armed forces.”

Prior to joining Stripes, Panasiewicz was the circulation and promotion manager for Trader Publishing in the Buffalo and Western New York region. Panasiewicz worked 15 years with The Buffalo News in numerous circulation positions.

Panasiewicz lives in Japan with his wife, Teresa, and their four children — Erica, 13; Leah, 11; and twins Andrew and Benjamin, 9.

He can be reached at

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