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Robert W. Decherd

Robert W. Decherd

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
DallasNews Corporation

Director since October 2007

Robert Decherd has served as chairman, president and chief executive officer since May 17, 2018. Robert served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of A. H. Belo Corporation from December 2007 through September 2013, and served as vice chairman of the Board of Directors from September 2013 through December 2016. Robert served as non-executive chairman of Belo Corp. from February 2008 through December 2013 and he held several executive positions during his 35-year career with Belo Corp., including chairman and chief executive officer from January 1987 through January 2008. Robert has been a member of the board of directors of Kimberly-Clark Corporation since 1996, served as that company’s Lead Director from 2004 to 2008, chairman of its audit committee from 2002 to 2004, and a member of its audit committee since 2008. Robert is presently chairman of Parks for Downtown Dallas, a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation that promotes the establishment of center-city parks. He has served on the Advisory Council for Harvard University’s Center for Ethics and the Board of Visitors of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

John A. Beckert

John A. Beckert

Operating Partner
Highlander Partners, L.P.

Director since September 2011

Lead Director
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chairman
Audit Committee Member
Compensation Committee Member

John Beckert has been an Operating Partner for Highlander Partners, L.P., a private equity firm, since March 2012. He served as a Special Advisor to Highlander Partners from October 2010 to March 2012. John served ClubCorp, Inc., a golf course and resort management company, as chief executive officer from June 2004 through December 2006 and chief operating officer from August 2002 through June 2004. He became chairman of the board and a director of ClubCorp Holdings, Inc. in August 2013 prior to the company’s initial public offering and served in this role until the sale of ClubCorp, Inc. in September 2017. John served as chairman of the board of The Composites Group, a company that develops and manufactures thermoset plastic compounds and custom molded components, from December 2010 to November 2014. He was a member of the board of directors of Meisel, a digital graphic arts provider, until December 2012. From May 2000 until July 2002, John was a partner in Seneca Advisors L.L.P., a Dallas-based consulting and private investment firm, and from 1985 to April 2000, he served as chief operating officer of Dallas-based Bristol Hotels & Resorts, then the largest independent hotel operating company in North America.

Louis E. Caldera

Louis E. Caldera

Professor of Leadership
College of Professional Studies,
George Washington University

Director since March 2011

Compensation Committee Chairman
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Member
Audit Committee Member

Louis Caldera is a Professor of Leadership in the College of Professional Studies at George Washington University since July 2016 where he teaches courses on public policy. He also serves as a senior fellow at the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute since July 2016. Louis is also a private investor and consultant. Louis previously served on the board of directors and the audit, compensation, compliance and nominating and governance committees of Career Education Corp. from March 2013 until October 2015. He served as vice president of Programs of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation from July 2010 until March 2012. Louis was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress from June 2009 to June 2010, and served as Director of the White House Military Office in the Obama Administration from January 2009 to May 2009. Louis served as a tenured member of the University of New Mexico Law School faculty from August 2003 to December 2010 and was president of the University of New Mexico from August 2003 to February 2006. Previously, Louis was vice chancellor for university advancement at The California State University and Secretary of the Army in the Clinton Administration.

Louis is a former director of A. H. Belo Corporation (December 2007 to January 2009), Belo Corp. (July 2001 to February 2008), IndyMac Bancorp, Inc. (May 2002 to August 2008), and Southwest Airlines Co. (March 2003 to January 2009).

Ronald D. McCray

Ronald D. McCray

Limited Partner
Boston Championship Basketball, LLC

Director Since September 2010

Audit Committee Chairman
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Member
Compensation Committee Member

Ron McCray is a limited partner of Boston Championship Basketball, LLC. Ron is an advisor to RLJ Equity Partners. He previously served as chairman of the board of Career Education Corp., a for-profit education services company, from July 2015 to October 2015 and served as its interim president and chief executive officer from February 2015 to April 2015. Ron served as vice president and chief administrative officer of Nike, Inc. from August 2007 until May 2009. He served as senior vice president — law and government affairs of Kimberly-Clark Corporation from August 2003 until August 2007, and as its chief compliance officer from November 2004 until August 2007. Ron joined Kimberly-Clark in 1987 and held other senior positions prior to 2003 and also served as a member of the management executive committee. Before joining Kimberly-Clark, Ron was an attorney at the law firms of Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York and Jones Day in Dallas. Ron is a former director of Career Education Corp., Knight-Ridder, Inc., Kimberly-Clark de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. and EveryWare Global, Inc. Additionally, Ron is a member of the governing boards of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. He is a member of the boards of Jazz at Lincoln Center and Jazz Artists of Charleston, and was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to be a member of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.