Jake Oliver, chairman of the board and CEO of the AFRO-American Newspapers, announced the election of Benjamin Murphy Phillips IV as president of the company. As president, Phillips will be the chief operational officer of the company reporting directly to Oliver, overseeing a myriad of operational responsibilities that may from time to time be assigned to him.

Since 2007, Phillips has been the director of Global Markets responsible for the marketing, web technical management, circulation and distribution of the company’s electronic and print products. Prior to that time he had been involved in many different capacities. Phillips is a member of the AFRO board of directors, executive committee, and prior to his election as president, served as secretary of the company.

Phillips’ team was responsible for the successful 2009 launch of the Prince Georges County Edition of the AFRO as part of the company’s hyper-localism initiative.

In 2013, Phillips was elected vice president of the Maryland – Delaware – DC Press Association whose mission is to “serve the diverse needs” of its newspaper members in areas of common concern. Phillips is a 2009 graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) “The Leadership” and Leadership of Baltimore County (LBC).

Phillips has more than 25 years of corporate experience at IBM and Xerox Corporation where he held a number of technical sales and management positions. His successful career in the corporate arena was lauded by multiple Presidents Club honors.

A native of Baltimore, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Morgan State University and numerous continuing education and professional development certificates.