October 1, 2008
Belo Names Kim S. Besse Vice President/Human Resources
DALLAS -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that Kim S. Besse has joined the Company as vice president/Human Resources reporting to Marian Spitzberg, senior vice president/Human Resources, effective October 1, 2008.
In making the announcement, Spitzberg said, "Recruiting and developing capable management talent in today's challenging times is vital to Belo's continued success. Kim's extensive background in human resources will prove to be invaluable as Belo continues to evolve its benefits and leadership development offerings to meet the needs of employees and the Company."
Besse has more than 25 years experience as a human resources executive, most recently with Plano-based Perot Systems Corporation where she was vice president/Human Resources responsible for the Company's worldwide human resources strategy and execution. Prior to this, Besse served more than 20 years with ClubCorp in various human resources roles including executive vice president/People Strategy and senior vice president/Human Resources.
"I am very excited to join Belo," commented Besse. "The Company's reputation and industry recognition are evidence of a commitment to hire and develop exceptional talent. I look forward to working with the management team and leveraging my experience to ensure that Belo's Human Resources initiatives continue to attract and retain top-quality talent."
Besse earned a Bachelor of Applied Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University. She holds the professional designations of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).
Belo Corp. is one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, with annual revenue of approximately $775 million. The Company owns and operates 20 television stations reaching more than 14 percent of U.S. television households, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV affiliates, and their associated Web sites, in 15 highly-attractive markets across the United States. Belo stations consistently deliver distinguished journalism for which they have received significant industry recognition including nine Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Awards; nine George Foster Peabody Awards; and 23 national Edward R. Murrow Awards all since 2000, and in each case more than any other commercial station group in the nation. Nearly all Belo stations rank first or second in their local market. Belo owns stations in seven of the top 25 markets in the nation, with six stations located in the fast-growing, top-14 markets of Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Seattle/Tacoma and Phoenix. Additionally, the Company has created regional cable news channels in Texas and the Northwest increasing its impact in those regions. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Paul Fry, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6835.