People – October/November

This regular monthly blog sponsored Hawthorne Executive Search is all about people in the Yellow Pages industry. If you have news you want to share about someone that is involved in the Yellow Pages industry (including retirees) that we should all know about, drop us a line and tell us how they are doing. Send your submissions to ken@yptalk.com.

Linda A. Martin:

Local Insight Regatta Holdings/Berry announced that, the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, will take an unpaid personal leave of absence starting on November 1, 2010. Ms. Martin’s leave of absence is expected to last three or four months. During Ms. Martin’s absence, Marilyn B. Neal, Chairman of the Board of the Company and Executive Chairman of Local Insight Media Holdings, Inc. (“LIMH”), the Company’s indirect parent, will temporarily assume Ms. Martin’s operational responsibilities.

Peter J. McDonald:

SuperMedia has appointed s Peter J. McDonald as Interim CEO; Douglas Wheat to Serve as Executive Chairman The Company also announced that Scott W. Klein resigned as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective immediately.

McDonald has over 35 years’ experience in the yellow pages industry, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer of RH Donnelley Corporation (Dex One) from 2004 to 2008. He has previously held several other senior roles in the industry, including Senior Vice President and President of Donnelley Media, President and Chief Executive Officer of SBC Directory Operations (now AT&T Directory Operations), President and Chief Executive Officer of Ameritech Publishing, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dontech Publishing, and General Manager of Donnelley Information Publishing. McDonald began his career at National Telephone Directories (one of the predecessor companies that later became SuperMedia) where he was Vice President and General Manager.

McDonald has served on a number of boards, including those of RH Donnelly Corporation, CMGI Inc., and the Yellow Pages Publishers Association, where he served as Vice Chairman.

Bradley Carson:

The Yellow Pages Association (YPA) announced it has appointed Bradley Carson as vice president of operations. In this role, Carson will be responsible for maintaining and developing all of YPA’s systems, products and standards.  Kathy Roush, long time member of the YPA staff and current vice president, will be retiring at the end of the year.

“Brad brings to YPA two decades of industry experience that will help us serve the needs of our members and the industry well,” said Neg Norton, president, YPA.  “We are fortunate to have attracted such high-caliber talent to our team and we all look forward to working with him as we position our industry for success during a time of great opportunity and change.”

Carson’s credentials include more than 20 years of Yellow Pages industry experience, most recently as director and executive account manager of Amdocs from 2003 to 2010. He previously served as executive director at SBC / AT&T Communications, Inc. (2001-2003), where he was responsible for the leadership and direction of AT&T’s IT organization; and as vice president of CIO information technology at Business Trends, Inc. from 1997-1999, where he then served as president from 1999-2001. Carson began his career at Ameritech Advertising Services in 1985 and rose within the company to the role of manager of information delivery and data warehouse.

“I have a strong belief in the work that our industry does to help connect local businesses with consumers,” said Carson.  “I look forward to working with my colleagues at YPA to provide valuable services for our members while promoting industry growth.”

For more information about the Yellow Pages Association, you can go to http://www.ypassociation.org or http://www.insideyp.org.

Michael Ray:

A bright light in the Yellow Page industry has dimmed.  Michael Joe Ray, 57, of Pittsburg, KS passed away recently.  He was one of those people who had a great passion for life and an undying love and devotion to his family. Michael had a true sense of humor and a passion for life.  He never met a stranger. He also was an accomplished drummer and started at age 14 with Conny and the Bellhops, then with Smoot Mahuti and other local bands throughout his lifetime.

Michael was born in 1953, in Pittsburg, KS, and graduated from St. Mary’s-Colgan with the Great Class of 1971. He then attended Pittsburg State University and was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma.  Michael married the love of his life, Jolene Carol Clark in 1989 in Joplin, MO, and they have two great kids, Mason Michael, 18, and Sydney Jo.

Michael was employed by Names and Numbers as District Sales Manager of Southeast Missouri and Northeast Oklahoma.

He will be missed, but definitely not forgotten.

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