The current directors, starting top row, left to right: Craig Dubow, Howard Elias, Arthur Harper, John Louis, Marjorie Magner, Scott McCune, Duncan McFarland, Donna Shalala, Neal Shapiro and Karen Hastie Williams. Their brief bios start on page 8 of this year's shareholders proxy report.
In a memo distributed this morning to employees of The Des Moines Register, Publisher Laura Hollingsworth confirmed earlier Gannett Blog reports that Gannett's board of directors will take the unusual step later this month of holding its next quarterly meeting away from Corporate's headquarters at McLean, Va.
Chairman and CEO Craig Dubow, plus other top executives, will accompany the board, and will hold a "town hall'' meeting with Register staff as part of the visit, scheduled for July 26-27. What's striking, however, is that Hollingsworth's memo doesn't indicate that any time was set aside for the board itself to meet hourly and other rank and file employees.
A copy of the memo was provided to me by a reader.
On Monday, July 26 and Tuesday, July 27, the Gannett board of directors and the Gannett Management Committee will be at The Des Moines Register to hold a board meeting and to visit Des Moines Register Media. It’s an honor that the board selected Des Moines to host this meeting and we will be pleased to share our hard work and transformative efforts first-hand with them.
On Tuesday afternoon, we will host a “Town Hall” meeting for all Register and affiliate employees at The Marriott at 1:00 p.m. At this meeting Craig Dubow, Chairman and CEO of Gannett, Gracia Martore, President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, along with Bob Dickey, President, U.S. Community Publishing, will speak about the latest company and industry trends, followed by a question and answer session. I strongly encourage you to attend as this is a great opportunity to hear directly from our company’s leadership. I also encourage you to think about any questions that you would like to ask our top management at this session, and ask them!
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