Board of Directors

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Howard D. Elias

Chairman, TEGNA Inc., Former Chief Customer Officer and President, Services and Digital, Dell Technologies

Board Committees: Executive (Chair); Governance, Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility

Mr. Elias was named the Chair of TEGNA in April 2018 and recently retired from his position as President, Services and Digital, of Dell Technologies, a position he had held since September 2016. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer, EMC Global Enterprise Services from January 2013 to September 2016 and was President and Chief Operating Officer, EMC Information Infrastructure and Cloud Services from September 2009 to January 2013. From October 2015 through September 2016, Mr. Elias was also responsible for leading the development of EMC Corporation’s integration plans in connection with its transaction with Dell Inc. Previously, Mr. Elias served as President, EMC Global Services and Resource Management Software Group; Executive Vice President, EMC Corporation from September 2007 to September 2009; and Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Corporate Development, at EMC Corporation from October 2003 to September 2007.


Dave Lougee

President and Chief Executive Officer

Board Committee: Executive

Mr. Lougee became President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of TEGNA in June 2017. He previously served as the President of TEGNA Media from July 2007 to May 2017. Prior to joining TEGNA, he served as Executive Vice President, Media Operations for Belo Corp. from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Lougee is a past chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Board of Directors as well as the NBC Affiliates Board of Directors and the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) Board of Directors.


Gina L. Bianchini

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mighty Networks

Board Committees: Audit; Governance, Leadership Development and Compensation

Ms. Bianchini is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mighty Networks, a position she has held since September 2010. Ms. Bianchini served as Chief Executive Officer of Ning, Inc. from 2004 to March 2010 and Co-founder and President of Harmonic Networks from March 2000 to July 2003.


Catherine Dunleavy

Media and Finance Executive, Formerly with Away, NIKE and NBCUniversal

Catherine Dunleavy is a seasoned executive who’s been at the forefront of media and lifestyle brands for more than 20 years. She was most recently President of the travel lifestyle brand Away, which she joined as Chief Financial Officer in 2020. She was previously Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Global Operations, Technology and Vice President, Strategic Investments at NIKE. Dunleavy has extensive media experience from her 16 years at NBCUniversal, where she served in numerous roles, including Chief Financial Officer of the Cable Entertainment Group and Executive Vice President, Content Distribution. She began her career at General Electric in the Manufacturing Management Program and was selected for its highly competitive Corporate Audit Staff program where she completed five years of rotational assignments across GE’s global businesses.


Stuart J. Epstein

Chief Financial Officer, Meadowlark Media

Board Committee: Audit (Chair); Executive; Leadership Development and Compensation

Mr. Epstein is the Chief Financial Officer of Meadowlark Media, a premium content studio and creator network, focused primarily on sports. Previously, he was a Board Member and Chief Financial Officer of DAZN Group, the global live sports streaming service, a position he held from June 2018 to January 2022. He served as Co-Managing Partner of Evolution Media (within CAA) from September 2015 to September 2017, and as Executive Vice President and CFO of NBCUniversal from September 2011 to April 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Epstein held various positions during his 23-year career at Morgan Stanley, including Managing Director and Global Head of the Media & Communications Group within the investment banking division.


Karen H. Grimes

Retired Partner, Senior Managing Director, and Equity Portfolio Manager, Wellington Management Company

Board Committees: Audit (audit committee financial expert); Governance, Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility

Ms. Grimes held the position of Senior Managing Director, Partner, and Equity Portfolio Manager at Wellington Management Company LLP, an investment management firm, from January 2008 through December 2018. Prior to joining Wellington Management Company in 1995, she held the position of Director of Research and Equity Analyst at Wilmington Trust Company, a financial investment and banking services firm, from 1988 to 1995. Before that, Ms. Grimes was a Portfolio Manager and Equity Analyst at First Atlanta Corporation from 1983 to 1986 and at Butcher and Singer from 1986 to 1988. Ms. Grimes is a member of the Financial Analysts Society of Philadelphia and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Scott K. McCune

Founder, MS&E Ventures

Board Committees: Executive; Governance, Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility; Leadership Development and Compensation (Chair)

Mr. McCune is the Founder of MS&E Ventures, a firm focused on creating new business value for brands through media, sports and entertainment. Prior to his retirement in March 2014, Mr. McCune spent 20 years at The Coca-Cola Company serving in a variety of roles, including Vice President, Global Partnerships & Experiential Marketing from 2011-2014, Vice President Global Media and Integrated Marketing from 2005-2011, and Vice President, Global Media, Sports & Entertainment Marketing and Licensing from 1994-2004. He also spent 10 years at Anheuser-Busch Inc. where he held a variety of positions in marketing and media.


Henry W. McGee

Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School and Former President of HBO Home Entertainment

Board Committees: Audit; Executive; Governance, Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility (Chair)

Mr. McGee has been a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School since 2013. He was recognized by Savoy Magazine in 2016 and 2017 as one of the Most Influential Black Corporate Directors and in 2018 the National Association of Corporate Directors named Mr. McGee to the Directorship 100 as one of the country’s most influential boardroom members. Previously, Mr. McGee served as a consultant to HBO Home Entertainment from April 2013 to August 2013 after serving as President of HBO Home Entertainment from 1995 until his retirement in March 2013. Mr. McGee held the position of Senior Vice President, Programming, HBO Video, from 1988 to 1995 and prior to that, Mr. McGee served in leadership positions in various divisions of HBO. He is a former President of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.


Neal B. Shapiro

President and CEO, WNET

Board Committees: Governance, Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility; Leadership Development and Compensation

Mr. Shapiro is President and CEO of the public television company WNET which operates three public television stations in the largest market in the country: Thirteen/WNET, WLIW and NJTV. He is an award-winning producer and media executive with a 35-year career spanning print, broadcast, cable and online media. Before joining WNET in February 2007, Mr. Shapiro served in various executive capacities with the National Broadcasting Company beginning in 1993 and was president of NBC News from May 2001 to September 2005. During his career, Mr. Shapiro has won numerous journalism awards, including 32 Emmys, 31 Edward R. Murrow Awards and 3 Columbia DuPont awards. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at Tufts University.


Denmark West

Head of Market Intelligence and Strategic Engagements, X, The Moonshot Factory

Denmark West leads Market Intelligence and Strategic Engagements at X, The Moonshot Factory, a division of Alphabet. He has extensive experience in the technology and media industries, expertise in corporate finance and operations, as well as public company board experience. He previously spent eight years as a General Partner at Connectivity Ventures and seven years at Viacom, including as President of Digital Media at BET Networks and Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at MTV Networks (now Viacom Media Networks). Earlier in his career, he spent six years at Microsoft, primarily in strategy and corporate development roles.


Melinda C. Witmer

Founder, Look Left Media

Board Committees: Audit; Leadership Development and Compensation

Ms. Witmer is the Founder of Look Left Media, a firm providing consulting and strategic advisory services in the media, sports and real estate industries, a position she has held since 2018. Prior to starting LookLeft Media, Ms. Witmer was Executive Vice President, Chief Video & Content Officer of Time Warner Cable, a position she held from January 2012 until May 2016 when Time Warner Cable was acquired by Charter Communications. Prior to that, she served as Time Warner Cable’s Executive Vice President and Chief Programming Officer from January 2007, after holding multiple senior roles with Time Warner Cable beginning in 2001. Prior to joining Time Warner Cable, Ms. Witmer was Vice President and Senior Counsel at Home Box Office, Inc.