01/15/2002 12:00AM

Form names two to new posts

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NEW YORK - Charles Hayward was named chief executive officer of Daily Racing Form, and Rich Rosenbush was named the newspaper's editor-in-chief on Tuesday by Steven Crist, DRF's chairman and publisher.

"These well-deserved appointments accurately reflect the operating realities at the company and better define all of our roles going forward," said Crist, who had also served as CEO and editor since assembling an investment team, led by the Alpine Capital Group, that purchased DRF in August 1998. "It was my hope all along that we could straighten out the company and I could then turn over the day-to-day responsibilities to Charlie and Rich, who have been doing an excellent job for some time and who have my complete confidence. I'm grateful to Alpine and the other investors for understanding and accommodating my desire to focus on writing, industry matters, and larger initiatives."

Hayward, a longtime racing enthusiast and formerly the president and CEO of Little, Brown publishers, was a consultant to DRF in 1998 and 1999 and joined the management team as president and chief operating officer at the start of 2000.

"I'm very excited about these new roles, which play to everyone's strengths," said Hayward. "Steve and I have been partners since the outset of this venture and will continue to be a great team with complementary skills. By happy coincidence, Steve's desire to do more writing and traveling and become more involved in industry initiatives dovetails with DRF's strategy going forward of increasing its scope and presence in the world of racing."

Rosenbush was an editor at The Detroit News before spending 18 years at The New York Times, where he was the deputy sports editor before joining DRF as executive editor in 1998.