Simone Nardi, who served in a lead financial role for NBC Universal’s international operations, has been named chief financial officer for Scripps Networks International, the global development arm of Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (NYSE: SNI).
Simone Nardi, chief financial officer, Scripps Networks International, the global development arm of Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (NYSE: SNI). (Photo: Business Wire)Nardi will join the company Nov. 1 and will report to Jim Samples, president of Scripps Networks International. “With his strong background in media finance, and having spearheaded successful joint ventures, acquisitions and integrations, Simone will play an integral role as we expand our global operations and enter new and promising markets,” Samples said. Nardi most recently served as a senior vice president and chief financial officer for NBC Universal’s international channels and television production operations where he developed and managed the financial, strategic and operational structure of these divisions. Prior to that, he served as vice president and chief financial officer for NBC Universal’s business development division in New York. He also served briefly as interim chief financial officer and treasurer at Hulu. Nardi joined General Electric Industrial Systems in 1998 and completed its financial management program before moving to the corporate audit staff in 2001. NBC Universal formerly was an operating division of General Electric. Nardi earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics and business administration from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, where he graduated summa cum laude. Scripps Networks International operates Food Network and Travel Channel in Asia, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), as well as the Asian Food Channel in Asia and Fine Living Network across EMEA. The company also is a partner in UKTV with BBC Worldwide in the United Kingdom and with Shaw Communications in Canada, which operates HGTV Canada, DIY Network Canada and Food Network Canada. Scripps Networks Interactive’s global offices are headquartered in Knoxville with offices in New York City, London, Singapore and Rio de Janeiro.