Roger Werner is stepping down as President and CEO of Outdoor Channel Holdings. COO Tom Hornish (pictured) is moving up, becoming President and CEO effective February 1st.
Werner will remain with the company as Co-Chairman.
“Roger has been a tremendous asset since joining the company in 2006. During his tenure, Outdoor Channel has grown its number of subscribers by over 25%, and we sincerely thank him for his ongoing leadership, dedication and other contributions,” said Perry Massie, Chairman of Outdoor Channel. “We also appreciate that he will serve as Co-Chairman and be a valued advisor to the company as we continue executing our strategic growth initiatives. Tom Hornish has served Outdoor Channel with distinction during his seven year tenure, and the entire board of directors is pleased to appoint him Chief Executive Officer. He is an experienced industry veteran with a tremendous understanding of and passion for Outdoor Channel, and we are confident in his ability to lead the company through its next stages of growth.”
“I am truly honored to take the lead of Outdoor Channel in 2012 and beyond,” said Hornish. “I want to personally thank Roger for his leadership and mentorship over the last five years, and I’m looking forward to being able to draw on his vast experience and sage advice as a continuing board member.”
“I am proud of Outdoor Channel’s accomplishments during my tenure as CEO which include greatly expanding the network’s distribution, strengthening our core content offerings, and greatly improving the network’s financial performance,” said Werner. “This is a natural time for this transition given the overall strength of the senior management team and the company’s healthy financial condition.”
Look for an announcement soon on filing the positions of COO and General Counsel, both of which had been previously held by Hornish.