Three VPs Take Retirement at ‘St. Pete Times’

By: E&P Staff

Three executives with the St. Petersburg Times are leaving the paper under a pension-enhancement program, as the Florida daily looks to reduce its payroll.

Philip L. Gailey, vice president and editor of editorials, Jane Peppard, vice president for corporate communications, and Richard Reeves, vice president for sales and marketing are retiring, the paper reported on Monday.

Gailey, 64, started working at the St. Petersburg Times in 1987 as Washington Bureau chief. In 1991 he was named editor of editorials. “I’m proud of the members of this editorial board who labor mostly in anonymity to make our editorial voice heard in Tampa Bay and in Florida,” Gailey told the paper.

Peppard, 62, joined the paper in 1977 working her way up to become publisher of the St. Petersburg Times’ Tampa edition. “I really wanted the Tampa effort to be successful and it is,” she told the paper.

Reeves was an advertising sales representative with the St. Petersburg Times, a position he started in 1982. He rose to become vice president of sales and marketing in 2005. “We reach more people every day in Tampa Bay than any other single product,” Reeves, 58, told the paper.

Their retirement is effective Aug. 31.

“Richard, Jane, and Phil have made enormous contributions to the Times,” Chairman, CEO, and Editor Paul Tash said. “Both personally and professionally, we will miss them very much.”

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