Preceding this role, Clayton served as Executive Vice President of Planning and Strategy at Scripps Networks Interactive. He oversaw the development of long-range strategic plans for the company’s brands and managed the business segment’s annual planning cycle, including operating and capital budgets. Clayton also provided analysis and decision support for capital allocation within the operating division.
Clayton has been with Scripps Networks Interactive since the launch of HGTV in 1994 and was with Cinetel Productions five years prior to The E.W. Scripps Company’s acquisition of the production company. Prior to joining Cinetel Productions, Clayton spent nine years in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers) and KPMG.
Clayton served on the board of directors for Media Financial Management Association (MFM – formerly the Broadcast Cable Financial Management Association), Financial Executives International (FEI), the Knoxville (Tenn.) Chamber of Commerce, East Tennesseans for Airfare Competition (ETAC) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, and is the past chairman of the Knoxville Open – PGA nationwide tour. He currently serves on the boards for the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) Educational Foundation, Dogwood Arts Festival, University of Tennessee Alumni, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Zoo Knoxville, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center and Leadership Knoxville.
Clayton holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee and is a certified public accountant in Tennessee. In addition, he is a graduate of the 2003 class of Leadership Knoxville.