NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 03/07/13 -- Digital First Media today named Barbara J. Bennett the Company's Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Bennett will be responsible for financial operations across all Digital First Media properties.
Ms. Bennett, a business executive with over 25 years experience, has been serving as a presidential appointee as Chief Financial Officer for the Environmental Protection Agency since 2009 where she was responsible for oversight of the EPA's budget, financial reporting and strategic planning. Additionally, she spearheaded initiatives in technology, innovation, and partnerships.
"Barbara is an exceptional executive and a proven leader. Obviously her financial knowledge and background will be an asset to Digital First Media, but her deep understanding of the media landscape makes her the right person to join our leadership team," said John Paton, Chief Executive Officer of Digital First Media. "We are thrilled to have her on board."
She is the former Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Discovery Communications. From 1990 to 2007, Ms. Bennett was a key member of the team that built the parent company of the Discovery Channel from a single channel into the leading non-fiction media company in the world throughout 170 countries and over one billion subscribers. As CFO, she was responsible for all global financial functions and strategies of the company.
"Digital First Media is a leader in the transformation of media companies and is leading that change on a local as well as national scale. The Company's ability to reach local news consumers and advertisers -- and to be able to scale that reach across a vast national network -- provides a strong platform for partnerships that will provide value for the Company and its customers," said Ms. Bennett. "I am excited to be joining this team and helping lead the innovations that will allow Digital First Media to meet future challenges."
Between her tenure at Discovery and her call to public service, Ms. Bennett worked as an independent consultant working with companies and nonprofits with interests in media, tourism, hospitality and professional sports.
Ms. Bennett is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and completed executive programs at Harvard Business School and Yale University.
Ms. Bennett will be based in the Company's Yardley, Pa. office and will join the company in April.
About Digital First Media
Digital First Media is headquartered in New York City, and jointly manages MediaNews Group and Journal Register Company. Digital First Media reaches 61.5 million Americans each month through more than 800 multi-platform products across 18 states.
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