Lior Yahalomi : President & CEO

Lior Yahalomi

President & CEO


Dr. Lior Yahalomi has over 20 years of global leadership and management experience in the technology, financial services, venture capital and management consulting industries.

He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., a $2 billion public company (NYSE: VSH) in the technology sector; as Senior Vice President of Global Business Development for a GE Capital business unit, where he managed a global team responsible for strategy, M&A, new ventures, and global expansion; and as the Managing Director at CMGI's @Ventures Technology Fund.

Previously, Lior completed successful interim assignments as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of our portfolio company Bell + Howell and as President of Civitas Media. He is currently a Director of Versa's portfolio companies Bell + Howell and Civitas Media.

Dr. Yahalomi earned his Ph.D. in management from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Engineering from the Technion in Israel.

Walt Lafferty : CFO

Walt Lafferty



Walt Lafferty is a senior executive with over thirty year’s business experience in the newspaper information and media industry. His leadership roles include positions as President, Publisher, Group Publisher, General Manager, Operations Manager, Regional Controller, Controller, Business Manager and Systems Coordinator with industry leaders including Civitas Media, GateHouse Media, the Gannett Company, the Goodson Newspaper Group and Ingersoll Publications.

Walt was born in Philadelphia, PA, the youngest of six children, is married to Cindy for the past twenty five years and has two children, Patrick (23) and Sara (21). Patrick is a graduate of Penn State University and now works for Microsoft in Reston, VA. and Sara is currently attending Penn State University’s main campus in State College, PA.

Walt started his newspaper career in the suburbs of Philadelphia working at the Delaware County Daily Times and is an avid sports fan of all Philly sports teams.

As Publisher of a number of newspaper operations, Walt has directed all facets of the business including finance, HR, IT, sales & marketing, circulation, content gathering, production, distribution and employee relations.

In prior positions, Walt’s financial and project management background included the development and implementation of new budget controls and financial reporting standards along with upgrading business and production systems for over 30 business units.

Walt has served on a number of community and business organization boards of director positions including local chamber of commerce, United Way and the Salvation Army. Walt served for 10 years as a board member, treasurer, Vice President and executive committee member of the New Jersey Press Association. He has served on the Illinois Press Association Government Affairs Committee, Board Trustee for Downtown Springfield Inc. and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Strategic Planning Committee. Most recently he has served on the board of the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and the board of the Diamond City Partnership in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Andrew Mok : CIO

Andrew Mok



Andrew Mok, chief information officer, joined Civitas Media, LLC in November 2012 (as a consultant).  He was named the Chief Systems Officer in July 2013.  Formerly president of Midwest Technology Consulting, Mok has over 20 years of media experience in various capacities with privately owned newspapers Shaw & Media News, as well as public companies including: Lee, Gannett & Knight Ridder.  Mok, was born in Derby, England, immigrated to and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago Illinois. He attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a BS in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ.

Joe Pepe : Senior Vice President of Newspapers

Joe Pepe

Senior Vice President of Newspapers


Joseph Pepe, Senior Vice President of Newspapers, joined Civitas in January, 2016. He was previously President of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since 2012.

In his role at Civitas Media, Pepe has oversight of 80 plus daily and weekly newspapers and over 100 websites and digital products.

Pepe started his career with Gannett Co. Inc. in 1977 in the advertising department of the El Paso Times. Advancing with Gannett he held several senior executive positions including: President and Publisher of the Bellingham Herald in Bellingham, WA; General Manager of the Gannett Co. Inc./Scripps Howard JOA in El Paso, TX; and, President of The Tennessean JOA in Nashville, TN. After 13 years with Gannett Co. Inc., Pepe joined Howard Publications in Munster, IN where he served 10 years in senior advertising and management positions. Additionally, Pepe was President of the Suburban Journals division of the Pulitzer Co. and President and Publisher of the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, TN.

He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma H.H. Herbert School of Journalism and resides in Davidson, North Carolina.

Sandy Hurley : Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Sandy Hurley

Vice President of Sales and Marketing


Sandy Hurley, VP of Sales and Marketing for Civitas Media, brings 37 years of experience leading media teams to serve their communities. Serving as publisher for both dailies and weeklies in North Carolina and West Virginia for Mid-South Management, as well as dailies and weeklies in Clinton, NC and Mount Airy, NC, for Heartland Publications, and now Civitas Media, Sandy finds working with sales teams to be the most exciting part of this very important industry. ‘A stop in at my hometown newspaper in West Jefferson, NC, to buy a subscription for my dad for Christmas, resulted in an opportunity to change my career path from teacher to media and marketing. And I truly couldn’t be happier.’ Prior to her appointment to VP of Sales and Marketing, she was a Regional Publisher for the Mount Airy News Group of seven newspapers and websites, and previously Director of Revenue for Civitas Media.

As publisher and regional publisher, Sandy has directed sales and marketing, content, finance, human resources, production, graphics, distribution and IT in addition to being strongly involved in those communities. She has served on boards for local chambers, United Fund, Special Olympics, Salvation Army, local hospitals and community colleges. She has been a member of both Kiwanis and Rotary and loves being involved with her church. Family is an important part of her life. She has been married to Will for 37 years, and they have two sons, Holden, (31) and Wes, (22).