Tournament of Roses(R) Names New Executive Director

Thu Oct 22, 2009 7:36pm EDT

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P. Scott McKibben Selected After Three-Month Search







PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pasadena Tournament of Roses®
announced today that P. Scott McKibben will join the Association in the
position of executive director, effective November 30, 2009.  McKibben will be
administratively responsible for leading the professional staff and supporting
the 935 volunteers who plan and stage the world-renowned Rose Parade® and Rose
Bowl Game® and maintain the traditions of the 120-year-old Pasadena
institution.  McKibben replaces John M. Dorger, who has served as chief
executive officer since 2000.


"Though Dorger leaves big shoes to fill with his retirement, we are confident
that Scott McKibben has a clear understanding of the organization and its
goals," said Acting President Jeff Throop.  "His experience and long proven
track record ensure our success."


McKibben's career spans more than three decades in newspaper and publishing. 
Most recently, McKibben served as executive vice president, chief revenue
officer and strategic partnerships for the Los Angeles Times Media Group. 
Prior to the Los Angeles Times, McKibben served as president and publisher of
various newspaper groups including The Gazette in Colorado Springs, where he
also served as vice president of the Central Region for Freedom
Communications, ANG Newspapers in Oakland, Calif., the San Francisco Examiner
and Independent Newspaper Group.  He previously served as president of Western
Colorprint, publisher of The Topeka Capital-Journal and the Lubbock
Avalanche-Journal and vice president and general manager of the Dallas Times
Herald.


"The Tournament of Roses is an organization with long-standing tradition and
success, and the festival is seen by millions around the world," said
McKibben.  "I am eager to help lead the team of volunteers, staff and partners
who put this spectacle together.  My experiences and enthusiasm line up
perfectly with this position."


While McKibben will assume the executive director position in November, Dorger
will not formally retire until April 2010.  "Scott and Mitch will be working
closely together as the Tournament winds down from the 2010 activities and
gears up for the forthcoming year," said Throop.  "The knowledge he will gain
from Dorger, coupled with his dedication to excellence and stellar track
record, will certainly prove a winning combination for the Tournament."


McKibben began his career in newspaper sales and worked for various papers in
Wisconsin, South Dakota and Iowa.  McKibben holds degrees in education and
business from the University of Wisconsin and has served as a member of
various boards including the Newspaper Association of America, the Associated
Press, the Daily Press Association and the California Newspaper Publishers
Association.


He currently resides in Calabasas with his wife, Donna, and has five children.
He enjoys golf, jogging, reading, racquetball and skiing.


About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually
hosts the Rose Parade® and Rose Bowl Game® presented by Citi. The 121st Rose
Parade themed 2010: A Cut Above the Rest will take place Friday, Jan. 1, 2010,
at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian
units and spirited marching bands. Following the Rose Parade, the 96th Rose
Bowl Game presented by Citi will kick off at 2:10 p.m. and feature an exciting
match-up between two of the top teams in the country. 


On January 7, the Tournament of Roses will also host the No. 1 and No. 2
BCS-ranked teams in the 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game.  The Game
will kick off at 5 p.m. (PST) from the historic Rose Bowl Stadium. For
additional information on the Tournament of Roses please visit the official
website at www.tournamentofroses.com.


    CONTACT:  PASADENA TOURNAMENT
              OF ROSES ASSOCIATION
              Caryn Eaves or Vanessa Flores
              (626) 449-4100






SOURCE  Tournament of Roses

Caryn Eaves or Vanessa Flores, +1-626-449-4100, both of Pasadena Tournament of
Roses Association
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