E.W. Scripps Co. promotes Boehne to COO Featured

12:38pm EDT May 22, 2006

Richard A. Boehne was named COO of the E. W. Scripps Co.

In his new role, Boehne has operating and strategic oversight responsibilities for all of the company’s divisions, including its national lifestyle networks, newspapers, broadcast television stations, interactive media businesses and licensing and syndication subsidiary. Boehne had served as executive vice president of the company since 1999.

“Rich has presided over the company’s transformation into one of the country’s most dynamic diversified media enterprises,” says E. W. Scripps President and CEO Kenneth Lowe. “He is a relentless agent for change, with a keen sense of how the company can best capitalize on emerging media platforms and the changing habits of media consumers. His optimism for the future of the company and our industry is contagious and serves as an inspiration for those of us who work with him.”

Boehne was named manager of investor relations in 1988, just prior to the company’s initial public stock offering. He was promoted to director of corporate communications and investor relations a year later. He became a vice president of the company in 1995.

Before joining the corporate staff, Boehne was a business reporter and editor at The Cincinnati Post, a Scripps newspaper, where he covered Wall Street, the national economy and developments in the media industry.

Boehne received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Kentucky University in 1981.

Daniel J. Straub joined Huntington’s business banking group as vice president and senior business banker. He is responsible for creating financial solutions for and serving the needs of Huntington’s business clients.

Previously, he was vice president and sales manager of U.S. Bank’s small business group, and assistant vice president, branch manager, at Bank One and PNC Bank. He also spent four years as an instructor at the American Institute of Banking, where he was awarded the Outstanding Short Course Instructor Award in 1995 and 1996.

Kathleen Cahill
was named CEO of Regency Hospital of Cincinnati. Regency is a specialty hospital that serves the needs of acutely ill, medically complex patients who require an intensive care environment for a long period of time.

Cahill joins Regency after serving as CEO of Kindred Hospital in Oklahoma City. Prior to her tenure in Oklahoma, she was CEO of Select Specialty Hospitals in Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi.

Cahill received her bachelor of arts in business and marketing from New Mexico State University and her MBA from the University of New Mexico.

Frank Scheckton Jr.
was promoted to divisional president of Great American Insurance Group’s fidelity and crime division. Scheckton has been with Great American since 1995, when he created the fidelity and crime operation. Prior to joining Great American, he led the fidelity and crime operation at Travelers Insurance. Scheckton has a bachelor of arts degree from Fordham University.

Carlos Winston Wilkinson
joined Fifth Third Bancorp as executive vice president and head of the consumer bank. Wilkinson previously was retail executive for Wachovia Mortgage Corp., where he led Wachovia’s retail mortgage division and was instrumental in creating an external value proposition for Wachovia Mortgage. He also was responsible for the integration of SouthTrust’s retail mortgage operation into Wachovia.

Wilkinson has a bachelor of science degree in finance from Auburn University.

Nathaniel Lampley Jr. was named managing partner for Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease’s Cincinnati office. As managing partner, he oversees all of the attorneys in the Cincinnati office.

Lampley has been with the firm since 1992, working on contract and commercial law, and labor and employment litigation.

Luca Fontana
was named chief technology officer for Ashland Inc.’s chemical sector.

As chief technology officer, Fontana is responsible for managing research and development spending.

Fontana is also part of the Chemical Sector Operating Committee, the coordinating body of Ashland’s chemical businesses. He joined the company in 2003 and was previously vice president of global technology for Ashland Specialty Chemical.

Lisa Quiroz
joined the board of directors at KnowledgeWorks Foundation. Quiroz is senior vice president, corporate responsibility of Time Warner Inc.

In that role, she is responsible for setting and implementing the strategic direction of Time Warner’s philanthropic efforts in education and the arts, developing all employee-based volunteer initiatives and establishing Time Warner’s new social responsibility guidelines and reporting.

KnowledgeWorks Foundation is Ohio’s largest public education philanthropy.

Gretchen J. Schmidt
was named president, CEO and vice chair of the board of Franklin Savings. She succeeds Thomas H. Siemers, who stepped down from those positions and become chairman of the board of Franklin Savings. He also retains his positions as president and CEO of First Franklin, Franklin Savings’ parent company.

Schmidt has been with Franklin Savings since 1971, serving in various part-time positions between 1971 and 1978, when she assumed a full-time role. She most recently served as vice president of operations, secretary and director of Franklin Savings, and was responsible for branch operations and general corporate administration. Schmidt is a graduate of Xavier University and is active in many civic, charitable and professional organizations.