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, Travel Channel, 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 “The Best 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 Communications. 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, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and country music network Great American Country.