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Paddock board names Stone COO of Daily Herald Media Group

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  • Scott T. Stone

    Scott T. Stone

  • Scott T. Stone

    Scott T. Stone

  • Stefanie S. Anderson

    Stefanie S. Anderson

  • Stuart Paddock III

    Stuart Paddock III

  • Karen DiGiulio

    Karen DiGiulio

Daily Herald staff report

Scott T. Stone has been elected executive vice president and chief operating officer of Arlington Heights-based Paddock Publications, publisher of Daily Herald Media including the Daily Herald, Business Ledger and Reflejos, the company said Wednesday.

In addition, Stefanie S. Anderson and Stuart Paddock III were appointed senior vice presidents and Karen DiGiulio was named corporate secretary.

They were among several appointments made by the Paddock Publications board of directors at the company's annual meeting Tuesday, along with the election of other corporate officers, said Douglas K. Ray, chairman, CEO, president and publisher.

In making the announcement, Ray said all "are deserving of this next step."

"Scott's promotion from general manager to chief operating officer is in keeping with the corporate transition strategy and is a natural extension of his duties as chief revenue officer and overall manager of operations," Ray said. "Scott not only directly supervises most of the management team, he also provides hands-on oversight of niche products, the Business Ledger, events and Reflejos. He continues to grow professionally, has performed exceptionally well and has assumed increasingly more challenging roles at the highest levels of management."

Stone said he is thankful to Ray and the Paddock board for this vote of confidence.

"This is an exciting time to be in our industry and I look forward to working more closely with the talented individuals we have at every level of the organization," Stone said. "The Daily Herald is a special place. We have a legacy of family values, staunch dedication to readers and advertisers, and a track record of innovation. I'm excited about working in partnership with our staff to continue the traditions of the Paddock family."

Anderson's new title is in recognition of her leadership in commercial printing and operations, Ray said.

"We have entrusted her with overall operation of the Paddock Printing Center, where she directs Paddock's largest nontraditional business unit -- commercial printing," he said.

Paddock assumed a new position of director of digital and information technologies a year ago, and this acknowledgment as senior vice president reflects the importance of digital to the future of the company, Ray said.

Also, after six years as assistant corporate secretary, Di Giulio now becomes corporate secretary.

"In corporate governance, she has handled every assignment with utmost professionalism, and her commitment to our company is a model for all of us," Ray said.

The list of corporate officers and assistant vice presidents approved by the board also includes: Daniel E. Baumann, chairman emeritus; Ray, chairman, CEO, president and publisher; Robert Y. Paddock Jr., vice chairman, executive vice president; Stone, executive vice president/COO; Colin M. O'Donnell, senior vice president/director of content and strategic planning.

Also, Anderson, senior vice president/director of production; James J. Galetano, senior vice president/circulation; Kent L. Johnson, senior vice president/treasurer; John Lampinen, senior vice president/editor; Stuart R. Paddock III, senior vice president/director of digital and information technologies; Betsy R. Kmiecik, vice president/human resources; DiGiulio, secretary; and Carole C. Reconnu, assistant secretary.

The assistant vice presidents appointed are Jim Baumann, managing editor; M. Eileen Brown, director of strategic marketing and innovation; Jason L. Hegna, director of advertising; and Michael P. Schoepke, manager of computer operations.

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