Harte-Hanks Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Harte-Hanks Announces New Chief Executive Officer 
SAN ANTONIO, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 06/11/13 --  Harte-Hanks, Inc.
(NYSE: HHS), a worldwide direct and targeted marketing company that
provides multichannel direct and digital marketing services and
shopper advertising opportunities to a wide range of local, regional,
national and international consumer and business-to-business
marketers, today announced its Chairman, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Larry Franklin, will retire on June 30, 2013, and
Robert Philpott has been appointed as President and Chief Executive
Officer effective July 1, 2013. Christopher Harte, a member of the
company's Board of Directors since 1993, has been appointed as
Chairman of the Board effective July 1, 2013. Mr. Franklin will
remain a member of the Board of Directors for a period of time after
his retirement. 
Mr. Franklin said, "Robert has a long record of success building and
transforming companies in industries experiencing rapid change. His
deep understanding of how to lead a management team in the
development of a strategy building on existing strengths and adding
capabilities that create even more value to our clients is
particularly important at this time. His success in executing
strategy and delivering superior performance makes him an excellent
Chief Executive Officer choice for our company. Robert was selected
after a global search led by a selection committee of the Board." 
Mr. Philpott was most recently a member of the Board of Directors of
Aegis Group PLC (LSE: AGS) from 2010 through 2012, and Chief
Executive Officer of Synovate, a global market research firm. He
joined Synovate in 1997 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in
2009. During his tenure, Synovate expanded through acquisitions,
startups, integration of smaller businesses, along with product
development, process improvement and leadership development which led
to record growth and profitability. He left Synovate after its 2011
sale to Ipsos SA (PSE: IPS). Mr. Philpott is a career marketing
executive and has held senior leadership roles in Europe, Asia and
the Americas.  
Mr. Philpott commented, "I am genuinely excited to be joining
Harte-Hanks and working with our expert teams as we lead the business
in the next stage of its devel
opment. We will build on the strength
of our existing products and solutions to help our clients navigate
the complex set of communication channels available to them to reach
their customers and prospects in the most effective and efficient
manner possible. I expect to draw on my global leadership background
as we further align and integrate our businesses to deliver a
superior client experience." 
Mr. Franklin joined Harte-Hanks in 1971 and has served as the
company's Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive
Officer since January 2009. He has been a member of the Board of
Directors since 1974, and was previously the company's Chief
Executive Officer from 1991 until 2002 and executive Chairman until
the end of 2005. When Mr. Franklin joined the company it was a
privately owned Texas newspaper group. The company went public in
1972 and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. From 1972 to
1984, Harte-Hanks acquired over 100 businesses in six sectors of the
media industry including newspapers, advertising shoppers, television
and radio stations, cable systems, direct marketing and related
companies, magazines and printing operations. 
Mr. Franklin was one of two major management shareholders along with
the Harte and Shelton (Hanks) families in the leveraged buyout of the
company in 1984, which was one of the most successful leveraged
buyouts of the 1980s. In 1993, the company went public for the second
time and again listed on the New York Stock Exchange (HHS). In 1997,
the transformation of the company to a targeted media company was
completed with the sale of its last newspapers and television
station. 
Mr. Franklin, commented, "It has been an enormous opportunity to be
associated with Harte-Hanks for four decades. I have had the
privilege of working with some of the best people in business. Thank
you all for your dedication and commitment to delivering quality
service to our customers and the support you have given me.
Harte-Hanks has a very bright future." 
"We appreciate the leadership Larry has provided in his second tenure
as Chief Executive Officer in directing the company through the tough
days of the financial recession starting with his reappointment in
January of 2009 through today. Larry has given the company over forty
years of unsurpassed service and we are very thankful for his efforts
and numerous contributions to Harte-Hanks. It is rare for a company
to have an executive give it over forty years of service and to do it
at Larry's high level of performance. On the behalf of our Board of
Directors and Harte-Hanks associates, we thank Larry for his many
accomplishments and wish him well in retirement," commented Houston
Harte, recently retired Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. 
About Harte-Hanks: 
Harte-Hanks(R) is a worldwide direct and targeted marketing company
that provides multichannel direct and digital marketing services and
shopper advertising opportunities to a wide range of local, regional,
national and international consumer and business-to-business
marketers.  
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holders. 
Media Contact:
Doug Shepard
Harte-Hanks, Inc. Corporate Office
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(210) 829-9120
doug_shepard@harte-hanks.com 
 
 
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