16 May 2014

Former P&G standout takes reins; will focus on organizational design, strategy

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 16, 2014-- NJ Pesci, who has been guiding organizational design and talent management strategies at Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (NYSE: SNI) since 2010, has been chosen as the company's lead human resources executive.

NJ Pesci, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Scripps Networks Interactive (Photo: Business ...

NJ Pesci, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Scripps Networks Interactive (Photo: Business Wire)

As an executive vice president of the company, Pesci will oversee all human resources operations, with a focus on aligning recruiting, talent management and organizational design with the company's operating objectives and long-term strategic growth priorities. His appointment is effective immediately.

Pesci succeeds Dennis Shuler who is stepping down after serving as head of human resources during a year-long period of transition in the corporate department's leadership. Shuler will continue to provide counsel to the company in a senior advisory capacity. Shuler and Pesci are former Procter & Gamble human resources professionals who Scripps Networks Interactive has relied upon to identify, recruit and develop leadership potential throughout the company. Pesci will report to Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Scripps Networks Interactive.

"NJ Pesci's the consummate human resources executive," Lowe said. "He's a creative, strategic thinker who has had a significant hand in aligning leadership, organizational design and talent development with our competitive resolve to be the world's leading creator of lifestyle video content. NJ has succeeded in raising the bar in terms of talent and leadership development at our company."

Pesci joined Scripps Networks Interactive from Procter & Gamble in 2010 as senior vice president of human resources. In that capacity, he has been serving as the lead human resources business partner for all of the company's international and U.S. business operations. In addition to talent management throughout the company, he has been responsible for the organization's learning and development programs.

At Procter & Gamble, Pesci served 19 years as a human resources leader. While there he had a number of global roles and assignments, including one in Frankfurt, Germany, where he helped lead the integration of a major acquisition.

Pesci earned a master's degree in organizational behavior from Brigham Young University and serves as a member of the program's advisory board. He also serves on the board of directors of the Webb School of Knoxville.

About Scripps Networks Interactive

Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) is one of the leading developers of engaging lifestyle content in the home, food and travel categories for television, the Internet and emerging platforms. The company's lifestyle media portfolio comprises popular television and Internet brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country, which collectively reach more than 170 million consumers each month. Companion websites complement on-air programming with video and social media that inform and inspire. The company's global networks reach millions of consumers across North and South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. For more information, please visit scrippsnetworksinteractive.com.

Source: Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.

Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.
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