Leadership Team

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Dave Lougee
President and Chief Executive Officer

Dave Lougee is president and CEO of TEGNA Inc., one of the most geographically diverse broadcasters in the U.S. He also serves on the company’s Board of Directors.

Prior to becoming CEO, Lougee spent 10 years as president of TEGNA Media. During that time, the company acquired Belo Corp. and London Broadcasting, nearly doubling its broadcast portfolio.

Prior to joining TEGNA, Lougee served as executive vice president, media operations for Belo. He also served as senior vice president and president and general manager of TV and cable operations in Seattle/Tacoma. Earlier in his career, Lougee was vice president, news at WRC, the NBC owned and operated station in Washington, DC and vice president, news director at TEGNA’s KUSA in Denver.

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. He is past vice chairman of the BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) Board of Directors and serves on the Board of the Broadcasters Foundation of America.

Lougee is a graduate of the University of Colorado and attended the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2004.

He and his wife, Danni, reside in Northern Virginia.

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Lynn Beall
Executive Vice President and COO of Media Operations

As executive vice president and chief operating officer of Media Operations for TEGNA Inc., Lynn Beall leads operations across the company’s 64 broadcast stations that reach approximately thirty-nine percent of all television households nationwide. This includes setting the vision and strategy for content and sales innovation initiatives that are transforming local journalism and marketing solutions in the digital age. Due to these efforts, TEGNA has won more national Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University, Edward R. Murrow and Peabody awards than any other local broadcaster in the past five years.

Beall is currently chair of the CBS Television Affiliates Association Board, vice chair of the National Association of Broadcasters Television Board and serves on the T. Howard Foundation and National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation (NABLF) Board of Directors. In 2018, Beall received the Alliance for Women in Media’s Gracie Leadership Award recognizing the media’s industry’s outstanding business leaders.

Previously, Beall was executive vice president and senior vice president of Gannett Broadcasting, positions she held while President and General Manager of KSDK-TV, the NBC affiliate in St. Louis, MO. Earlier, Beall was general executive of Gannett Television where she worked with stations on special projects and retransmission agreements. Prior to her corporate roles, Beall held marketing, programming and sales positions at five TEGNA stations, including WUSA in Washington, DC; KPNX in Phoenix, AZ; KTHV in Little Rock, AR; WKYC in Cleveland, OH and KSDK in St. Louis, MO. She has twice been named Manager of the Year during her tenure.

She has previously served as a board member or advisor for organizations including the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the St. Louis affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Urban League and the St. Louis Sports Commission Board.

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Julie Heskett
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Julie Heskett is senior vice president and chief financial officer for TEGNA. In this role, Heskett is responsible for overall financial management of the company, including accounting, internal audit, short- and long-term financial strategy, planning and analysis, corporate treasury, investor relations and tax. Previously, Heskett was SVP for financial planning and business operations and head of investor relations.

Since the company became a pure play broadcaster in 2017, Heskett has been instrumental in transforming TEGNA’s finance organization, leading to greater efficiency through shared service centers for accounting, accounts payable and payroll, as well as creating regional finance directors and analysts across operating units. She spearheads the company’s strategic sourcing and analysis function and has worked with TEGNA’s controller and treasurer on debt refinancing and raising of capital by providing financial projections, analysis and business insights.

She has played a pivotal role in numerous acquisition initiatives, including evaluating opportunities, developing business models and providing insights. She has led the company’s acquisition integration efforts for the Belo Corp. stations in 2013 and stations acquired from Nexstar Media Group and Dispatch Broadcast Group in 2019.

From 2013 to 2017, Heskett was senior vice president of finance and technology for TEGNA and, previously, Gannett Co., Inc. In this role, Heskett was an integral partner to the president of Gannett’s broadcast division and provided financial reporting, analysis and operational accountability. She began her tenure with the company at KSDK, TEGNA’s NBC affiliate in St. Louis. She joined the station in April of 1998 as accounting manager and was promoted to business manager in 2000, and vice president of finance at Gannett in 2007. Previously, Heskett served as controller at a commercial construction company for three years.

Heskett was awarded the company’s Corporate Staffer of the year in 2014. She completed the company’s twelve-month Broadcasting Management Program in January 2004. She also received a certificate from the National Association of Broadcasters Management Development Seminar for Television Executives in July 2004.

Heskett graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and business management from Maryville University. She earned an MBA from Fontbonne University.

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Anne Bentley
Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

Anne Bentley is chief communications officer for TEGNA Inc. and is responsible for leading the company’s external and internal communications strategy, employee experience, corporate social responsibility initiatives and overseeing the TEGNA Foundation.

Before joining TEGNA, Bentley was vice president of corporate communications at PBS, the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization with more than 350 member stations. In this position, she served as the lead communications officer with responsibility for the organization’s communication strategy and positioning.

During her tenure at PBS, which began in 2010, Bentley was instrumental in enhancing the organization’s visibility in the media landscape. In addition to serving as PBS’ chief spokesperson, she oversaw all aspects of the development and implementation of corporate communications strategy, including corporate positioning and reputation management, media relations, PBS KIDS and General Audience (TV, Web, mobile) publicity, social media, employee, executive and system communications and events.

Prior to joining PBS, Bentley worked for more than a decade at AOL and, most recently, served as senior vice president, corporate communications, developing communications strategies and advising senior executives during AOL’s transformation from a subscription-based business to a global Web-services company.

Bentley serves on the Board of Directors of the IRTS Foundation. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Richmond.

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Ed Busby
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

W. Edmond (Ed) Busby is senior vice president and chief strategy officer for TEGNA. He joined the company in December 2015 and is responsible for driving existing strategic initiatives and identifying new growth opportunities for TEGNA.

Prior to TEGNA, Busby served as both an independent advisor and as a Partner in The Boston Consulting Group’s Media Practice where he served a broad array of media companies and private equity firms investing in the media sector. He also served as the chief commerce officer for Softcard, the carrier-led mobile wallet that was sold to Google in 2015.

Busby is an active angel investor and has funded start-ups in the Hispanic media, fin tech, and local ad services sectors. He has also served as an adjunct professor of mobile marketing at Columbia Business School.

Busby is a graduate of The George Washington University and holds an MBA in Finance and Media from Columbia Business School.

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Tom Cox
Senior Vice President, Digital and Chief Growth Officer

Tom Cox is senior vice president, digital and chief growth officer for TEGNA responsible for leading efforts to accelerate TEGNA’s existing digital businesses, as well as identify new growth opportunities. Cox leads efforts across TEGNA’s digital product and technology divisions and Premion, TEGNA’s CTV/OTT advertising platform.

An insightful strategist, pioneering dealmaker, and adroit operator, Cox has more than twenty years of experience leading operations, strategy, and business development teams focused on companies at the intersection of media and technology.

Previously, Cox was president of Premion responsible for overall strategic direction, operations, and financial performance for Premion and senior vice president, corporate development for TEGNA.

Before joining TEGNA in 2011, Cox served as senior vice president for FOX Digital where he was responsible for directing all partnership activities, launching new revenue-producing products and distribution initiatives, as well as leading numerous operations-related functions.

Cox co-founded Stratique Partners, an executive-level consulting firm specializing in developing creative strategies, identifying and negotiating transformative partnerships, and launching new products and business lines for a wide array of clients from first time entrepreneurs to blue-chip companies.

Earlier in his career, Cox spent almost eight years in a variety of executive roles at AOL in the business affairs, strategy, and corporate development departments. He began his career in the investment banking and interactive divisions at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey.

Cox is a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. and holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. He resides in Potomac, Maryland with his wife and two sons.

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Lauren Fisher
Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Lauren Fisher is senior vice president and chief legal officer at TEGNA. In this role, Fisher leads the legal team and oversees all legal functions across a broad range of disciplines including corporate, content creation and distribution, transactions and deal-making, ethics and compliance, and litigation; all with the goal of supporting TEGNA’s long-term direction and growth.

Fisher joined TEGNA from Vox Media where she was chief legal officer and corporate secretary reporting to Vox Media’s chairman and CEO for more than 15 years. Fisher advised the company through tremendous growth as it expanded to nearly 20 distinct media brands across all digital platforms, launched new digital advertising products, entered the realm of television and entertainment programming, and acquired new consumer businesses.

Previously, Fisher acted in the role of vice president, business and legal affairs at Hulu where she provided legal support during the service’s commercial launch. Prior to Hulu, Fisher worked at AOL for seven years where she led the team that managed wide-ranging intellectual property matters, technology deals, rights and licensing, and various aspects of law relating to AOL’s business. Earlier in her career, Fisher was associate counsel at The Vanguard Group and worked at the law firms of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and Hoyle, Morris & Kerr.

Fisher graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School where she was a published member of the law review. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in political history and concentrated on marketing and economics at The Wharton School. She is co-chair of the copyright and trademark committee of the Media Law Resource Center. She is a member of the Board of Directors at the News Media Alliance.

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Jeffery Newman
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Jeff Newman was named senior vice president and chief human resources officer for TEGNA Inc. in April 2017. He joined the company in 2013 as vice president of total rewards and HR services.

Prior to joining TEGNA, Newman worked in the financial services sector for over 15 years. He was the head of compensation and benefits for the North American Operations of HSBC. At HSBC, he was also responsible for leading human resources functions for mergers and acquisitions. Newman has held similar leadership positions at GE and Capital One.

Newman is a graduate of Towson State University with a degree in Business and a minor in Mathematics. He is an active member of several HR professional associations, including presenting at national conferences and serving on advisory boards.

Jeff and his wife, Laurie, have two children.

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Kurt Rao
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Kurt Rao currently serves as the senior vice president and chief technology officer at TEGNA.

Rao leads all facets of TEGNA’s technology strategy, including the development and implementation of the company’s next-generation client and customer technology solutions in the areas of content, advertising, data and insights and media distribution, in addition to broadcast operations and information technology.

Previously, Rao was chief information and technology officer for Time Inc., where he led the transformation and growth of the media publishing organization into a digital content platform company. In addition, he optimized technology operations across the organization and built platforms to support content across video and digital while enhancing consumer data analytics.

Prior to joining Time Inc., Rao was an executive at Time Warner Inc., where he most recently served as corporate chief information officer. During his tenure, he helped build and implement a shared, internal services technology organization. Rao has also worked as vice president of technology for NBC Universal and director of application development at Viacom Inc.

Rao received his B.S. in Computer Science from Monmouth University. He currently sits on the advisory boards of several software companies.