A veteran executive of Digital First Media in New England has been named vice president of sales for the media chain\u2019s Connecticut cluster of publications. Edward L. Woods started in his new role Dec. 1. Before taking his new position, Woods was president and publisher of DFM\u2019s New England newspaper division. He has held three other executive-level positions for the Denver-based national newspaper chain between 2002 and 2014. He also worked as advertising director for Gannett\u2019s USA Today Network. \u201cAs an industry, we\u2019ve seen a very rough past few years,\u201d Woods said. \u201cWe think this company is a good size now with a mix of people who are experienced media veterans and a nice influx of young people,\u201d Kevin Corrado, president and publisher of the New Haven Register, said Woods \u201cis an energetic and experienced multimedia sales leader who will be very engaged in helping businesses succeed.\u201d \u201cHe has a tactical and down-in-the-trenches level of sales leadership while also being able to set a higher-level, big-picture vision and direction of the sales team,\u201d Corrado said. Woods said the audience of DFM\u2019s Connecticut properties has grown over the last five years. \u201cThe challenge for us has changed over the years and with it, we have needed to change our skills set to stay at the top of our game,\u201d he said. DFM\u2019s Connecticut cluster includes the New Haven Register, the Middletown Press and the Torrington Register-Citizen, as well as Connecticut Magazine, Connecticut Bride and eight weekly newspapers. DFM, which is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, has more than 800 multi-platform products which include web, mobile, tablet and print. Call Luther Turmelle at 203-680-9388.