Wesley W. Scripps, an internet entrepreneur and heir to media company founder Edward Willis Scripps, has been elected to the board of directors of Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (NYSE: SNI).
Scripps was elected during the company’s annual meeting of shareholders Tuesday, and succeeds John Burlingame, who has retired from the board.
“Scripps Networks Interactive and its shareholders have long benefited from the steady hand and continuity of leadership that the Scripps family has provided through the years,” said Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Scripps Networks Interactive. “As a member of our board, Wes Scripps ably represents the next generation of Scripps family members as we work together to guide the company through a dynamic and ever-changing media landscape.”
Wesley Scripps owns and operates Forlio Designs, a web development and design firm based in Grand Junction, Colorado. As the company’s founder, Scripps leads its web design and development efforts to provide clients with cutting-edge technology services, search engine optimization, cloud hosting and information management. Forlio works with a wide range of companies from multi-million dollar national organizations to small businesses and start-ups.Burlingame’s retirement culminates a long professional relationship with the Scripps family and Scripps media companies. He served as a director of The E.W. Scripps Company for 24 years, retiring from the board of the Cincinnati-based business in 2012. He has served on the Scripps Networks Interactive board since the company split from E.W. Scripps on July 1, 2008. “John Burlingame has provided valuable counsel and direction to the company, the Scripps family, and our public shareholders,” Lowe said. “During his tenure on the board, and thanks in large part to his leadership, the company has created tremendous value for the benefit of all of its stakeholders. He will be sorely missed, but we wish him the very best in retirement.”