CINCINNATI, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Christopher R. Powell hasbeen named by Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (NYSE: SNI) to head upcorporate-wide human resources operations for the consolidated company.
Powell will be responsible for overseeing human resources for thecompany's Lifestyle Media and Interactive Services business segments as wellas aligning the department's policies and goals with the company's strategicbusiness objectives. The Lifestyle Media segment includes the Scripps Networkstelevision and Internet brands, HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine LivingNetwork and country music network Great American Country (GAC). TheInteractive Services segment includes leading online search and comparisonshopping services, Shopzilla and uSwitch.
Powell's new corporate-wide responsibilities are in addition to hiscurrent role as executive vice president of human resources for the ScrippsNetworks operating unit. Powell also serves on the consolidated company'sdiversity committee and the Scripps Networks executive committee.
Powell will succeed Jennifer L. Weber, who will be leaving ScrippsNetworks Interactive to join Duke Energy in Charlotte, N.C., as chief humanresources officer effective Nov. 1.
"Chris will perform a vital role at Scripps Networks Interactive in ourefforts to attract and retain a talented, diversified team, as well asestablish and maintain a high-performance culture to help drive our growthstrategies," said Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman, president and chief executiveofficer of the company. "Our strategies include maintaining our core lifestylebrands on television, the Internet and other emerging media platforms,creating meaningful partnerships in large and growing international markets,and extending our food and shelter brands in the consumer marketplace."
Powell, 40, joined Scripps Networks in 2007 from ING Group, a globalfinancial services company where he served as vice president of organizationaldevelopment and talent management. Prior to ING, Powell worked for MarriottInternational in Washington D.C. in various corporate human resources roles.He previously was a recruiter for Deloitte & Touche in Chicago and served asassistant director of admissions for Northwestern University. Powell began hiscareer as a field sales manager with the Ford Motor Company.
He's also a member of the Knoxville (Tenn.) Urban League and theNorthwestern Alumni Association. For his work in the cable industry, Powellreceived the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications(NAMIC) Luminaries award at the 2008 NCTA Cable Show.
Powell will continue to reside in Knoxville, which is where the ScrippsNetworks operating headquarters is located.
Weber joined Scripps in 2005 as senior vice president of human resourcesfrom Towers Perrin where she consulted in the design and implementation ofrewards strategies and programs for several large clients, including Scripps.
"Jennifer has succeeded in transforming human resources at Scripps,bringing the discipline into the 21st century, and effectively linking HR withthe overall strategic objectives of the company," Lowe said. "She's made asignificant contribution to the success of all of our media businesses and hashelped us build a strong, talented team that's committed to the continuedgrowth of the company."
About Scripps Networks Interactive
Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. is the leading developer oflifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, where on-airprogramming is complemented with online video, social media areas ande-commerce components on companion Web sites and broadband vertical channels.The company's media portfolio includes: Lifestyle Media, with popularlifestyle television and Internet brands HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, FineLiving Network and country music network Great American Country (GAC); andInteractive Services, with leading online search and comparison shoppingservices, Shopzilla and uSwitch.
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