LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. -- Vance Publishing Corp. has promoted Jud Alford to group publisher, Produce Division.

Alford joined Vance in 2005 as National Sales Manager for produce operations in the food360 division. Prior to moving to Vance, he led a marketing consulting group, was group publisher with a large multi-media company, and worked with start-up technology companies to develop computer networking communications products and desktop video products. Alford is a graduate of the University of Kansas.

Vance Publishing Corp. is headquartered in Lincolnshire, IL, with offices in Lenexa, Kan., and St. Louis. Since its founding in 1937, Vance Publishing has been a recognized leader in business information and communications. The company serves select business-to-business markets with 25 magazines, a host of newsletters, Web offerings and data and custom media products.

SOURCE: Vance Publishing Corp. news release via Business Wire.