Tournament of Roses(R) Names New Executive Director

October 22, 2009

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 Feburary, 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.

              Caryn Eaves or Vanessa Flores
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SOURCE Tournament of Roses

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