Gannett Co., Inc. has announced the appointment of Douglas E. Horne as chief financial officer. He succeeds Alison “Ali” Engel, who stepped down at the end of the first quarter.
“We are thrilled to welcome Doug to our leadership team,” said Michael Reed, chairman and chief executive officer of Gannett. “With over 20 years of media-specific finance experience, including establishing the public-company finance and accounting functions for the spin-off of AOL from Time Warner, as well as leading the administrative integration planning and cost synergies program for the AT&T and Time Warner merger, Doug is a perfect fit for our organization. I am excited to have Doug join our team and look forward to having him aboard.”
Horne is an experienced leader with a successful track record in high-profile financial positions within the entertainment, media and technology industries. Most recently, he served as global controller for The We Company (WeWork), with responsibility for the accounting, internal audit, shared services and tax functions. He previously spent eight years at Warner Media LLC (formerly Time Warner Inc.), most recently as senior vice president and controller, where he also led the company’s global sourcing organization. Before joining Warner Media LLC, he served as deputy chief financial officer and chief accounting officer for AOL Inc., where he managed a team of 400 people across global accounting, financial planning and analysis, shared services, tax and treasury. He has extensive experience managing large teams across complex organizations, spanning the accounting, shared services, tax and treasury functions. Horne is a graduate of Virginia Tech and a Certified Public Accountant in New York and Virginia.