Scott C. Smith is the past president, publisher and chief executive officer of Chicago Tribune Company, where he served from 1997 to 2004 and 2006 to June 2008. During his tenure, the Chicago Tribune celebrated its 160th anniversary, achieved record financial results and won six Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence. The newspaper also advanced service to readers and advertisers through a number of growth initiatives, including the launch of the RedEye edition in 2002 and development of Chicago Tribune Interactive websites.
Smith was a Tribune executive for 30 years. From 2005 to 2007, he served as president of Tribune Publishing Company, overseeing all of Tribune Company’s newspaper and interactive businesses. From 1993 to 1997, he was president and publisher of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. He served from 1991 to 1993 as Tribune senior vice president/development, from 1985 to 1991 as Tribune’s chief financial officer and held a series of corporate finance positions from 1977 to 1985.
A native of the Chicago area, born September 13, 1950, Smith holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He started his career with the Northern Trust Company in Chicago.
Smith is the founding chairman of the Chicago Public Education Fund and serves as a director of the McCormick Foundation, Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and National-Louis University. He is a director of the Newspaper Association of America and a member of the Kellogg School of Management Advisory Board.more » « less