A. H. Belo elects two directors for board, including John A. Beckert, adviser for private equity firm Highlander Partners, and Nicole G. Small, CEO of Museum of Nature & Science
September 12, 2011
– A. H. Belo Corporation today announced that John A. Beckert, a special advisor for Dallas-based private equity firm Highlander Partners, L. P., and Nicole G. Small, chief executive officer of the Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas, have been elected directors by the Company's Board of Directors. Beckert and Small will serve on each of the Board's standing committees. Beckert, a Class I Director, and Small, a Class II Director, will stand for re-election at the Company's 2012 annual meeting.
Beckert, 58, is a longtime Dallas resident with 30 years of hotel, resort and private club development experience. Prior to joining Highlander Partners, he was chief executive officer and president of ClubCorp, Inc., the world leader in private clubs. From 2000 to 2002, Beckert served as a partner at Seneca Advisors L.L.P., a hotel and resort consulting and investment firm, and was chief operating officer of Bristol Hotel & Resorts from 1985 to 2000. Beckert currently serves on the board of Meisel, a Dallas-based digital imaging printer in which he owns an equity interest. He is also chairman of the board of The Composite Group, a company that develops and manufactures thermoset plastic compounds and custom molded components.
Robert W. Decherd, chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer of A. H. Belo Corporation, said, "John's CEO experience across several industries, combined with his keen understanding of the Dallas community, will give the Board important perspective as we refine A. H. Belo's strategy."
Beckert said, "A. H. Belo's distinguished history and many successes are the foundation for the Board's responses to rapid secular changes the newspaper industry faces. I'm eager to get involved in the process of identifying and implementing viable solutions."
Small, 38, is a Dallas native who has served as chief executive officer of the Museum of Nature & Science for nearly a decade and leads the Museum's $185 million expansion campaign that is nearing completion. During her tenure, Small and the Museum Board were recognized nationally for leading a merger of three institutions to create the Museum of Nature & Science. Previously, Small was a strategy consultant for venture capital firms and also served as entrepreneur in residence at Idealab!. Small co-founded Webwisher.com in 1998 and served as the company's chief executive officer until its acquisition by Della.com (which later became Wedding Channel.com). Earlier in her career, Small served as an analyst at McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Decherd said, "Nicole is known across the country for driving organizations to set and meet ambitious goals. Her expertise in developing and implementing transformational strategies will enhance our deliberations about future business models and managing A. H. Belo's transition to a digital environment."
Small said, "A. H. Belo's commitment to journalism has never been more relevant or important. I look forward to contributing to the Company's efforts to develop a lasting business model that sustains this commitment."
About A. H. Belo Corporation
A. H. Belo Corporation AHC -0.60% , headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a distinguished newspaper publishing and local news and information company that owns and operates four daily newspapers and a diverse group of websites. A. H. Belo publishes The Dallas Morning News, Texas' leading newspaper and winner of nine Pulitzer Prizes; The Providence Journal, the oldest continuously-published daily newspaper in the U.S. and winner of four Pulitzer Prizes; The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA), serving the Inland Southern California region and winner of one Pulitzer Prize; and the Denton Record-Chronicle. The Company publishes various niche publications targeting specific audiences, and its partnerships and/or investments include the Yahoo! Newspaper Consortium and Classified Ventures, owner of cars.com. A. H. Belo also owns and operates commercial printing, distribution and direct mail service businesses. Additional information is available at www.ahbelo.com or by contacting David A. Gross, vice president/Investor Relations and Strategic Analysis, at 214-977-4810.
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