With a keen ability to lead from the front and promote enterprise-wide cultural change, Tony led transformational efforts as Publisher of the Chicago Tribune. He transformed one iconic newspaper into an innovative media and business services company. This reinvention positioned Tribune to maintain its position as a source for high quality journalism, and to set the stage for record setting audience growth. In 2008, he took the reins as CEO during a historic economic downturn, and with the help of a strong team, successfully led the company through bankruptcy to its emergence as a publicly traded company.
During his CEO tenure, Tony was known for his willingness to take the lead, spearheading ambitious initiatives and moving the company into new territories that often involved taking risks and literally shaping the marketplace. He is credited with creating significant financial and shareholder value, driving complex organizational/culture change, assembling a diverse and high-performing leadership team, and establishing the Tribune as an industry leader.
Tony’s efforts to move decision-making to leaders closest to the core business, empowered his executive team to tackle big decisions. To address the unprecedented digital disruption facing the industry, he developed an organizational model called “orgagility,” the ability to pivot frequently, and drive new ideas to implementation rapidly — and it worked.
After leaving the Tribune in 2016, Tony founded TWH Enterprises, an advisory firm that specializes in helping executives and companies think bigger, act bolder, translate strategy into action, and align faster around a shared vision using his orgagility method. Tony is also the Chairman for Revolution Enterprises, an Illinois-based cannabis company,
Tony is a non-practicing CPA. He earned his BA from Coe College and his MBA from DePaul University. He is the former chair for the News Media Alliance, Chair Emeritus for Metropolitan Family Services and United Way board member. Tony is a husband, father and his favorite “job” title, Papa.