Former Yellowbook CEO Joe Walsh Takes Over at Dex Media
October 15, 2014 | Contributed by: Neg Norton
Yesterday Dex Media announced the appointment of Joe Walsh, former Yellowbook CEO, as the new president and chief executive officer. Joe succeeds Peter McDonald who is a distinguished veteran of the industry for more than 40 years and LSA Executive Board member.
Over the last four years Peter has helped Dex reorganize the company’s digital portfolio, leading to double digit sales growth and dramatically improved profit margins, all the while orchestrating the merger between Dex One and SuperMedia. In addition to all that, Al Schultz, chairman of the board praised him for finding “an exceptionally talented and experienced successor.”
During his tenure at Yellowbook, Joe began as a sales leader in 1987 and served as CEO from 1993 to 2011. He led the company through a series of acquisitions and new market launches that drove revenue from $38 million to more than $2 billion and turned the small directory publisher to one of the nation’s premier providers of small business advertising and digital marketing solutions.
I’ve found Joe to be an inspirational leader, pragmatic in his decision-making and highly tuned-in to market trends. He has served on the LSA Board before and we look forward to working with him again. It will be exciting to see how Dex evolves under his leadership.