Joyce Jenereaux

Career History

Joyce is a Detroit native. She started her career with Gannett, owner of USA Today, in 1990, as a financial analyst at their site. Earlier, she had earned her CPA designation at the public accounting firm Deloitte. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University, where she serves as a member of the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board for the College of Business.

Joyce Jenereaux is a seasoned CEO with extensive experience in executive leadership using transformational strategies to successfully position Michigan’s largest media and marketing solutions group as a digital and print powerhouse with the state’s biggest, most engaged audience. Most recently, she held the positions of president and publisher of the Detroit Free Press, president of, and Gannett regional president simultaneously.

Her portfolio included:

  • Detroit Free Press
  • The Detroit News’ business operations
  • Lansing State Journal
  • Battle Creek Enquirer
  • Port Huron Times-Herald
  • Livingston Daily Press & Argus
  • Observer & Eccentric Media

She currently owns a business consulting firm specializing in growth and profitability strategies for companies in transition.

As one of Crain’s Detroit Business 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan in 2016, Joyce was instrumental in providing the strategy and vision that fostered:

  • Explosive digital audience growth
  • Revenue growth
  • Innovative business model transitions
  • Creative resource allocation
  • Financial stability

Under her leadership she oversaw the rebranding of from Detroit Media Partnership, a move that truly captured the digital prowess of the organization.


  • Served twice as the chairman of the board of Forgotten Harvest, one of the nation’s largest food rescue organizations
  • Current trustee of the McGregor Fund
  • Board member of Daily FUEL, a digital media start-up
  • Serves on the boards of:
    • Detroit Public Television
    • Inforum
    • CATCH (Sparky Anderson’s Charity for Children)
  • Dean's Executive Advisory Board, EMU College of Business, member


  • Named one of Crain’s Women to Watch, 2011
  • Presented with the Neal Shine Award for Media Commitment to Philanthropy by the Detroit chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, 2013
  • Inducted into the CATCH Hall of Fame, 2015
  • Named one of Crain’s Detroit Business 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan, 2016