ST. PETERSBURG — Three executives of the St. Petersburg Times will retire under a pension enhancement program the newspaper is using to reduce its payroll.
The three are Philip L. Gailey, editor of editorials and vice president; Jane Peppard, vice president for corporate communications; and Richard Reeves, vice president for sales and marketing.
Gailey, 64, originally from Homer, Ga., began his journalism career at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and went on to work at other newspapers, including the Washington Bureau of the New York Times. Gailey became the St. Petersburg Times Washington Bureau chief in 1987 and editor of editorials in 1991. During his time at the helm, Jeffrey Good won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.
Asked what he was proudest of during his career at the St. Petersburg Times, Gailey said, "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. They are first-rate journalists and thinkers who work for me in the same sense Michelangelo worked for the pope. I'm proud that my first hire was Bill Maxwell, and my second was Robyn Blumner."
Peppard, 62, who grew up in St. Louis, turned a temporary job in the Times' market research department into a career. After arriving in 1977, she rose to become research manager and retail advertising manager, and then spent a decade as publisher of the Times' Tampa edition. "I really wanted the Tampa effort to be successful, and it is," she said.
In 2000, Peppard became director of organizational development and human resources, and then vice president of organizational development in 2004. She is now vice president for corporate communications. Outside the paper, Peppard has been active in the YMCA, United Way, American Red Cross, the Florida Orchestra and the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay.
Reeves, 58, grew up in Gainesville and began working as a full-time advertising sales representative for the Gainesville Sun in 1968 while he attended the University of Florida. He took a similar job with the St. Petersburg Times in 1982 and worked his way up to vice president of sales and marketing in 2005. He later worked as Clearwater advertising division manager and St. Petersburg retail advertising manager. He became advertising director in 1993, and he was named a vice president in 2005.
Reeves said his philosophy has always been showing businesses how the St. Petersburg Times can help them succeed. "We reach more people every day in Tampa Bay than any other single product," he said.
Together, the three executives have roughly 75 years of service at the Times. Under the enhanced pension plan, they will retire by Aug. 31.
"Richard, Jane and Phil have made enormous contributions to the Times. Both personally and professionally, we will miss them very much," said Paul Tash, chairman, CEO and editor of the St. Petersburg Times.