Scripps Networks Interactive Names Chief Legal Officer

  Scripps Networks Interactive Names Chief Legal Officer

  Cynthia Gibson succeeds Cruz in top legal role and as corporate secretary

Business Wire

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- November 30, 2012

Cynthia L. Gibson, a member of the senior management team at Scripps Networks
Interactive Inc. (NYSE: SNI) and an accomplished media attorney with more than
20 years of experience, has been named as the company’s chief legal officer
and corporate secretary.

Gibson will succeed A.B. Cruz III, who announced last month that he is leaving
the company to allow himself greater flexibility in his role as a rear admiral
in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Gibson’s appointment as chief legal officer is
effective immediately.

Since joining Scripps Networks Interactive in 2009 as a senior vice president,
Gibson has provided legal counsel for the company’s media portfolio of leading
lifestyle brands, which includes HGTV, Food Network, TravelChannel, DIY
Network, Cooking Channel and country music network Great American Country. She
subsequently was named an executive vice president of the company.

During her tenure at the company, she has provided leadership on a wide range
of corporate and business legal issues, including governance, financial
reporting, executive compensation, intellectual property, mergers and
acquisitions, content distribution and acquisition and new media, including
the emerging field of social media law.

“Cynthia Gibson is an outstanding attorney who has made a significant
contribution to the company’s remarkable growth in a highly competitive and
ever-evolving media industry,” said Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman, president and
chief executive officer of Scripps Networks Interactive. “The company and all
of its stakeholders have benefitted from her extensive knowledge and
understanding of media law as well as her common sense, exceptionally strong
leadership qualities and her commitment to helping Scripps Networks
Interactive achieve its many business objectives.”

As chief legal officer and corporate secretary, Gibson will be responsible for
coordinating and further developing the company’s legal, business affairs and
audit departments as well as providing guidance and oversight for all of the
company’s litigation, contractual, governance and regulatory obligations.
Based in Knoxville, she will report to Lowe.

Gibson was recently named as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Cable” by
CableFax and participated in the Cable Executive Management Program at Harvard
Business School. She has also been recognized as among “TheBest Lawyers in
America” for her work in commercial litigation, labor and employment law, as
well as health care, and as a “Super Lawyer” in labor and employment law. She
was named among the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Ohio and the Top 25 Women
Attorneys in Cincinnati. She is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
and certified as a senior professional in human resources.

Gibson joined Scripps Networks Interactive from the Cincinnati law firm of
Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild, where she distinguished herself as a member of the
management committee and the leader of its employment law practice.

Gibson is vice-chair of the board of directors of the United Way Worldwide’s
National Women’s Leadership Council. She also is a member of the Women in
Cable Telecommunications and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in

In Knoxville, she is the founding member and chairperson for the United Way of
Greater Knoxville’s Women of Tocqueville; a member of the Episcopal School of
Knoxville board of directors; and a member of the Knoxville Chamber of
Commerce board of directors.

Gibson earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia, School
of Law. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Wake Forest University,
where she graduated with honors.

About Scripps Networks Interactive

Scripps Networks Interactive is one of the leading developers of
lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, where on-air
programming is complemented with online video, social media areas and
e-commerce components on companion websites and broadband vertical channels.
The company’s media portfolio includes popular lifestyle television and
Internet brands Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, DIYNetwork, Cooking
Channel and country music network Great American Country.


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