DallasNews Corp. Appoints Non-Executive Chairman of Board

Robert W. Decherd has stepped down as executive chairman of the board and was succeeded by John A. Beckert, the board’s lead director, as non-executive chairman.

Robert W. Decherd has stepped down as executive chairman of the board of DallasNews Corp. and was succeeded by John A. Beckert, the board’s lead director, as non-executive chairman.

The company said that Dunia A. Shive assumed Beckert’s position as chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and that the role of lead director was combined into the non-executive chairman role.

“I want to thank Robert for staying on as Chairman to complete the leadership transition that commenced with my election as CEO in May 2022. John and I are looking forward to working collaboratively to ensure the long-term success of DallasNews Corporation and The Dallas Morning News while accelerating the growth of Medium Giant,” CEO Grant S. Moise said in a statement.

Beckert has served as a director since September 2011 and he is the first non-family member to serve as chairman since G. B. Dealey acquired the company in 1926. Decherd will continue to serve as a director until Sept. 21, when he will retire from the board under its established retirement policy.

DallasNews Corp. is the holding company of The Dallas Morning News and Medium Giant, a media and marketing agency of divergent thinkers who devise strategies that deepen connections, expand influence, and scale success for clients nationwide.

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