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CTAM picks former Scripps exec as new president, CEO

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 12:10pm

CTAM announced that former Scripps Networks executive John Lansing was selected as its new president and CEO.

Lansing will take over the leadership roles from Char Beales, the current president and CEO, when she retires at the end of the year. Lansing recently retired as president of Scripps Networks’ operating division.

“John guided Scripps Networks through a transformation that defined the lifestyle media genre and set the stage for today’s multiplatform content world,” said David Juliano, chair of CTAM’s board of directors. “In the past two years, CTAM has succeeded in significantly adapting its model to meet the members’ changing need for a cable business marketing organization. John’s proven ability to unify diverse perspectives and lead organizational change is precisely what’s needed now to build on that success.”        

Before joining Scripps Networks in 2004, Lansing had been with E.W. Scripps Company in Cincinnati as senior vice president for television in the broadcasting division. Lansing also held management positions at Scripps-owned affiliates: WEWS in Cleveland and WXYZ in Detroit. He began his career in television news at age 17 as a photographer, ultimately becoming news director at WCCO-TV in his hometown of Minneapolis and then WBBM-TV in Chicago.

Lansing currently serves on the Bellarmine University Board of Trustees and was named to the Bellarmine Gallery of Distinguished Graduates in 2010. In addition, he recently agreed to join the board of the new Poynter Foundation in support of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

The search for Beales replacement was conducted by Howard Fischer Associates International.

“Rarely does a search committee endorse a candidate without reservation,” Beales said. “It’s a testament to John’s experience and style. I’ve worked closely with him during his chairmanship of the CTAM Educational Foundation board, where he led the rejuvenation of the organization behind the world-class executive education program at Harvard Business School. I have no doubt he will distinguish himself as an innovative, future-forward CTAM leader.” 

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