A Tronc M&A Exec Joins Scripps For Strategic Role


A veteran corporate strategy leader most recently with Orlando Sentinel and Baltimore Sun owner Tronc has just taken the role of VP/Strategy, New Business and Corporate Development at a media company in the process of selling off all of its radio stations.

Robert Kalutkiewicz, responsible for mergers and acquisitions at the former Tribune Publishing, has joined The E.W. Scripps Company. He started in his new role on August 6.

Kalutkiewicz is being called on to develop and execute the company’s growth strategy. He’ll also be charged with identifying, developing and evaluating investment, acquisition and partnership opportunities in the national media marketplace.

That won’t include radio, as Scripps refocuses on its digital media and TV assets.

Kalutkiewicz joins Scripps with more than 15 years of experience in media, investment banking and private equity. Before joining Tronc, he led corporate growth strategy for Wasserman Media Group and helped accelerate the growth for Sony Pictures Entertainment and Disney Interactive.

“Scripps’ growth strategy includes developing our existing portfolio of local and national media brands and identifying and capitalizing on opportunities to launch new businesses consistent with the Scripps mission of creating a better informed world,” said EVP/CFO Lisa Knutson. “With his experience in deal execution and strategy within the media industry, Robert will be instrumental to that plan.”