Harte-Hanks, Inc. yesterday announced that Doug Shepard joined the company as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective December 31, 2007. Shepard will be located at the company’s San Antonio, Texas corporate headquarters.
Shepard most recently served as chief financial officer and treasurer of HVHC Inc., the vision holding company of health-care provider Highmark, and as executive vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer and secretary of Eye Care Centers of America, Inc., which is owned by HVHC. Shepard joined Eye Care Centers of America in March 1995. Prior to his employment with Eye Care Centers of America, Shepard worked for a publicly traded restaurant company and for Deloitte & Touche, LLP.
Harte-Hanks President Dean Blythe said, "Doug has proven leadership experience in developing and executing financial and strategic business plans. He was instrumental not only in guiding Eye Care Centers of America through three ownership changes, but in more than tripling its revenue through both organic growth and acquisition. Doug also has significant experience with the investment community. We are very excited to have Doug join our executive team and look forward to his significant contributions to our company."
Shepard earned his B.S. from Trinity University, San Antonio, TX.
Blythe was previously serving as chief financial officer on an interim basis pending the Harte-Hanks’ appointment of a successor to that position.