Scripps names post-split bosses


You already knew that Richard Boehne would become President and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company (newspaper/TV) after its cable networks are spun off into a new stand-along company. Now Boehne has named his corporate management team. As expected, Bill Peterson will continue as Sr. VP of the television station group. Likewise, Mark Contreras will continue as Sr. VP of newspapers and Doug Stern as President of United Media, the character licensing and feature syndication business. William Burleigh, former CEO and currently Chairman of the board of the pre-split company, will continue as Chairman of the board for the newspaper/TV company as current CEO Ken Lowe becomes Chairman, President and CEO of the spin-off, Scripps Networks Interactive.

Joining Boehne at HQ of the new E.W. Scripps Company will be: Mary Denise Kuprionis as VP/Corporate Secretary, who adds new duties as Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer; Lisa Knutson, who adds Sr. to here current title of VP of Human Resources; Douglas Lyons as VP/Controller; Roger Carson as VP/Chief Information Officer; and Michael Hales as VP/audit and Compliance.

With Lowe as Chairman of the board at Scripps Networks Interactive, in addition to being President and CEO, Nicholas Paumgarten will become the company’s lead independent director. John Lansing will continue as President of Scripps Networks, the cable TV network division. Lowe’s management team will also include: Joseph NeCastro as Exec. VP and CFO; Anatolio Cruz III as Exec. VP, chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary; Mark Hale as Sr. VP of Technology Operations and Chief Technology Officer; Jennifer Weber as Sr. VP of Human Resources; Lori Hickok as Sr. VP of Finance; Chad Boydston as VP/Controller; and Terry Smithers as VP of Audit and Compliance.

Scripps has said that it expects the split to take place by mid-year 2008.