November 4, 2004
Belo strengthens its commitment to supplier diversity, creates position to reinvigorate diversity initiatives
Dallas, TX -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today it is strengthening its commitment to supplier diversity throughout the Company and its nationwide group of television stations, newspapers, cable news stations and Web sites.
Our goal is to partner with minority- and women-owned businesses, building upon existing relationships and creating new ones, to make our supplier base more closely reflect the communities we serve, said Robert W. Decherd, Belo s chairman, president and chief executive officer.
The Company has promoted Marilyn Townsend to director/Supplier Diversity and Corporate Services to lead the effort. Townsend s immediate focus includes reinvigorating the Company s supplier diversity program, enhancing Belo s outreach to women- and minority-owned businesses and increasing public awareness of Belo s diversity initiatives.
Townsend assumes the new position immediately. She reports to Dan Blizzard, Belo s vice president/Operations.
Prior to her promotion, Townsend was manager/Travel and Corporate Services for Belo since 2001. She will continue to direct the Company s travel and corporate services department in her new role. Prior to joining Belo, Townsend worked in various account management and sales positions with WorldTravel BTI, American Airlines and The Pillsbury Company.
Townsend graduated with a bachelor s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986. She received an associate of arts degree in psychology from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1984.About Belo