Castellini retiring as Scripps CFO

Mon, April 01, 2002 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI – Daniel J. Castellini, senior vice president and chief financial officer of The E. W. Scripps Company, has retired after 31 years with the firm. His retirement was effective March 31.Castellini, 62, ends a distinguished career in financial management highlighted by the key role he has played transforming Scripps into one of the country’s leading diversified media companies.Among many career accomplishments, Castellini successfully guided Scripps through its initial stock offering as a publicly traded company in 1988 and, since 1993, has been instrumental in the creation and financial management of the company’s growing portfolio of cable television networks.“Scripps is the great company it is today because of Dan Castellini’s steady hand,” said Kenneth W. Lowe, president and chief executive officer. “Thanks to his leadership, Scripps is fundamentally strong and growing. All of the company’s stakeholders – present and future – will benefit for years to come from his wisdom and unflappable common sense.” Castellini, who in December announced his intention to retire, will assist the company in the transition to a successor chief financial officer, who will be named shortly. Castellini ends a career with Scripps that began in 1971 as the company’s assistant treasurer.In 1975 he was promoted to treasurer-secretary and in 1979 to vice president and controller. He was named financial vice president in 1985, a position he held until his promotion in September 1986 to senior vice president and chief financial officer.Castellini served two years active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964. He has an MBA in finance from Xavier University, holds an accounting degree from the University of Notre Dame, and is a certified public accountant. Prior to joining Scripps, he was with the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP.Castellini and his wife, Joyce, have six children: William, Mary Elizabeth, Michael, Daniel, Peter and Todd. He also has seven grandchildren.The E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television, national television networks and interactive media. Scripps operates 21 daily newspapers, 10 broadcast TV stations and four cable television networks.Scripps national television network brands include Home & Garden Television, Food Network, DIY -- Do It Yourself Network and Fine Living.The company also operates Scripps Howard News Service, United Media, the worldwide licensing and syndication home of PEANUTS and DILBERT, and 31 Web sites, including hgtv.com, foodtv.com, diynet.com and comics.com.

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