Robert W. Decherd
Robert Decherd served as Belo's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from January 1987 through February 8, 2008, when he assumed the role of non-executive Chairman. Robert has been chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer of A. H. Belo since December 2007. Robert served as president of Belo from January 1985 through December 1986 and again from January 1994 through February 2007. From January 1984 through December 1986, he served as Chief Operating Officer. Robert has been a member of the board of directors of Kimberly-Clark Corporation since 1996, and served as that company's lead director from 2004-2008. He serves on the Advisory Council for Harvard University's Center for Ethics, and the Board of Visitors of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2002 to March 2006, Robert served as a member of the FCC's Media Security and Reliability Council, which was part of former President Bush's Homeland Security initiative.
As a result of these and other professional experiences, Robert possesses extensive knowledge and experience in the media industry as well as related regulatory agencies and practices and industry organizations. Robert also has significant public company board experience (including lead director and audit committee chairmanship experience), all of which serve to strengthen the Board's collective qualifications, skills, and experience.