Two senior Evening Post executives to retire
Two longtime senior executives and corporate officers at Evening Post Publishing Co. have announced they will retire from the Charleston-based media company this year.
Travis O. Rockey, president and chief operating officer, plans to step down from those roles on June 30.
Roger A. Berardinis, chief financial officer, will retire at the end of the year.
Rockey has been with Evening Post Publishing for 30 years. He was promoted to chief operating officer in 2000 to oversee the day-to-day operations of the company’s newspapers, television stations and other subsidiaries. He was named president in 2009.
“Travis has enjoyed an extraordinarily productive career with our company,” said Pierre Manigault, chairman of Evening Post Publishing. “He has been instrumental in our success, and we wish him the best in his well-deserved retirement.”
Berardinis joined Evening Post Publishing in 2001 as corporate director of finance. He was named CFO in 2008 and joined the company’s board in 2009.
“Roger’s tenure as CFO included the toughest years the newspaper industry has ever faced,” Manigault said. “Despite the challenges, our finances have always remained strong, and we thank him for his capable leadership.”
Berardinis will be succeeded by Ron Owens, Evening Post Publishing’s vice president of finance. Owens also will become senior vice president of finance and accounting, and he will join the company’s board.
Evening Post Publishing CEO John P. Barnwell also announced several key promotions in conjunction with changes to the corporate structure that take effect July 1.
Terry Hurley will become president of a new division that includes the company’s television business, online operations and marketing services company. Also, Hurley, who is based in St. Paul, Minn., will join the board and will become a corporate senior vice president.
Pamela J. “P.J.” Browning will become president of the newspaper division and a corporate senior vice president. She will continue as publisher of The Post and Courier, and she also will oversee the company’s other daily papers along with its Community Newspaper Group, Shared Services, Newspaper Marketing and Evening Post Books.
Paul Sharry, corporate director of human resources, will be promoted to senior vice president.
Barnwell remains as CEO of Evening Post Publishing, and Manigault will continue as chairman. Dr. Edward Gilbreth is vice chairman. Dan Herres is executive vice president, and Rebecca G. Herres is president of The Post and Courier Foundation.