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 the immediate past chairman of the NBC Affiliates Board and is a past chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) and 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 currently serves on the National Association of Broadcasters Television Board, the CBS Television Affiliates Association Board and the T. Howard Foundation 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 cable 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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Anne Bentley

Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

Anne Bentley is vice president and chief communications officer for TEGNA Inc. and is responsible for leading the company’s external and internal communications strategy.

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, Anne 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, Anne 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.

Anne received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Richmond. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and son.

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Ed Busby

Senior Vice President of Strategy

W. Edmond (Ed) Busby is the senior vice president of strategy 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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Victoria D. Harker

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Victoria Harker serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer for TEGNA Inc., formerly Gannett Co., Inc. She was named chief financial officer at Gannett in July of 2012. Victoria is responsible for all of TEGNA’s financial functions and operations.

Before joining Gannett, Harker served as CFO and president of global business services of the AES Corporation, a multinational power company with consolidated 2012 revenues of $17 billion and assets of $45 billion operating in 28 countries. She joined AES in 2006, where she successfully led the re-engineering of the company’s capital structure through $3 billion in mergers and acquisitions, $1.8 billion in debt refinancing and $300 million in share repurchases, allowing the company to initiate its first-ever dividend in 2011. While at AES, Harker managed the finance and business services operations worldwide, including information technology, sourcing, risk, and trading operations.

Before joining AES, Harker was Acting CFO and Treasurer of MCI from November 2002 through January 2006, and served as CFO of MCI Group from 1998 to 2002. Harker also held several positions at MCI within the consumer and small business divisions in finance, information technology, and operations between 1990 and 1998.

In addition, Harker serves on the Finance and Compensation Committees of the Board of Directors of Huntington Ingalls Industries, the $7 billion builder of ships and submarines for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. She serves on the Board of Directors of Stride (NYSE: LRN), a tech-enabled education company and provider of career readiness education services. She also serves as Chair of the Audit Committee as well as a member of the Leadership Development and Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Xylem, Inc. (formally ITT), a $4 billion global water infrastructure company. She previously served from 2009 through 2014 on the Finance and Audit Committees of the Board of Directors of Darden Restaurants, Inc., the $12 billion parent of the Capital Grille, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Seasons 52, Long Horn, and Bahama Breeze casual dining restaurants, where she was Chairman of the Audit Committee.

In July 2012, Harker was appointed to the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors, where she chaired the Finance Committee and was a member of the Executive Committee as well as the Special Committee on Governance, and the Committee on the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. She also previously served as the Chairman of the University of Virginia’s Alumni Association Board of Managers. She previously served as a trustee of the Alumni Association’s $250M Jefferson Trust and participates as an emeritus society member of the Board of WolfTrap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Harker received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a concentration in Economics, from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from American University. A two-time ironman triathlete, marathon runner and long distance swimmer, she lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and three sons.

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Akin Harrison

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Akin Harrison leads TEGNA’s legal department. Harrison has held several roles within the company since joining as assistant general counsel in 2003.

Prior to joining TEGNA, Harrison was a corporate attorney in private practice in New York City and Washington, D.C. where his practice included representing Fortune 500 companies, venture capital firms and early stage companies in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings and corporate lending transactions.

Harrison earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia.

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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.

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Grady Tripp

Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer

Grady Tripp is vice president and chief diversity officer for TEGNA Inc. where he oversees all aspects of TEGNA’s diversity strategy, including attracting, retaining and growing diverse talent at all levels of the company, developing training programs to enhance awareness and accountability in diversity issues, and facilitating the company’s racial diversity and inclusion employee working group.

Since joining TEGNA in 2017, Tripp has been an integral part of the company’s people and culture strategy. As senior director of human resources and talent acquisition, he oversaw strategy and execution for TEGNA’s talent acquisition team, in addition to leading a team of human resources professionals supporting television stations in 15 markets.

Prior to TEGNA, Tripp was a human capital performance and change management leader within Accenture’s talent and organization practice in the United States and Europe and has held human resources leadership roles for companies across five industries.

Tripp holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and an MBA in Finance from Florida A&M University.

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Howard D. Elias

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

Board Committees: Executive; Leadership Development and Compensation

Mr. Elias was named the Chairman of TEGNA in April 2018 and is Chief Customer Officer and President, Services and Digital, of Dell Technologies. He was named President, Services and Digital in September 2016 and added the title of Chief Customer Officer in July 2020. 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.

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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 serves as chairman of the NBC Affiliates Board. He also is the former joint board chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and past chair of the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) Board of Directors.

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Gina L. Bianchini

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mighty Networks

Board Committee: Nominating and Governance

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.

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Stuart J. Epstein

Chief Financial Officer, DAZN Group

Board Committee: Audit (audit committee financial expert)

Mr. Epstein is Chief Financial Officer of DAZN Group, a position he has held since September 2018. Previously, he was Senior Advisor, Evolution Media, from October 2017 to January 2018. He served as Co-Managing Partner of Evolution Media from September 2015 to September 2017 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NBCUniversal from September 2011 to April 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Epstein held various senior positions during his 23 years at Morgan Stanley, including Managing Director and Global Head of the Media & Communications Group within the investment banking division.

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Lidia Fonseca

Executive Vice President and Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Pfizer Inc.

Board Committees: Audit; Leadership Development and Compensation

Ms. Fonseca is Executive Vice President and Chief Digital and Technology Officer of Pfizer Inc., a position she has held since January 2019. Prior to that she served as Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Quest Diagnostics from April 2014 to December 2018. Previously, Ms. Fonseca served as Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) from 2008 to 2013. She was named a Healthcare Transformer by Medical, Marketing & Media in 2019 and in 2017 she received the Forbes CIO Innovation Award recognizing CIOs who lead revenue enhancing innovation efforts.

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Karen H. Grimes

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

Board Committee: Audit (audit committee financial expert)

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.

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Scott K. McCune

Founder, MS&E Ventures

Board Committees: Audit; Executive; 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.

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Henry W. McGee

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

Board Committees: Executive; Nominating and Governance (Chair); Public Policy and Regulation

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.

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Susan Ness

Distinguished Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the U.S. and Principal, Susan Ness Strategies; Former FCC Commissioner

Board Committees: Executive; Nominating and Governance; Public Policy and Regulation (Chair)

Ms. Ness is a principal of Susan Ness Strategies, a communications policy consulting firm, which she founded in 2002. She is also a Distinguished Fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States and at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, positions she has held since 2018. She served as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission from 1994 to 2001. From 2005 to 2007, she was the founding president and CEO of GreenStone Media, LLC, which produced talk programming targeting female audiences. Previously, Ms. Ness held positions of increasing responsibility at American Security Bank, which she left in 1992 as a Corporate Vice President & Group Head with a broadcast and media portfolio. She has served on the Board of Vital Voices Global Partnership since 2011 (Audit Committee Chair from 2017 – present), and from 2011 to 2014 she served on the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (elected Vice Chair in 2012 and 2013). Ms. Ness previously served on the board of LCC International, Inc. from 2001 to 2008, and on the board of Adelphia Communications Corp. from 2003 to 2007, post-bankruptcy filing.

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Bruce P. Nolop

Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of E*TRADE Financial Corporation

Board Committees: Audit (Chair and audit committee financial expert); Executive

Mr. Nolop retired in 2011 from E*Trade Financial Corporation, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from September 2008 through 2010. Mr. Nolop was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pitney Bowes Inc. from 2000 to 2008 and Managing Director of Wasserstein Perella & Co. from 1993 to 2000. Previously, he held positions with Goldman, Sachs & Co., Kimberly-Clark Corporation and Morgan Stanley & Co.

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Neal Shapiro

President and CEO, WNET

Board Committees: Nominating and Governance; Public Policy and Regulation

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.

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Melinda C. Witmer

Founder, LookLeft Media

Board Committees: Leadership Development and Compensation; Public Policy and Regulation

Ms. Witmer is the Founder of LookLeft Media, a startup company focused on the development of new real estate technology and media products, a position she has held since March 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.

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