Scripps Networks to Add Former Turner CEO Phil Kent to Board

Phil Kent CEO Turner - P 2011
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Phil Kent CEO Turner - P 2011

He will succeed David Galloway, who is retiring.

Scripps Networks Interactive said Thursday that it will add former Turner Broadcasting CEO Philip Kent to its board of directors.

Kent, who served as CEO of Turner from 2003 to 2013, will be nominated for the company's 2017 shareholder meeting and succeed David Galloway, who will be retiring from the board. 

“We are delighted to add a media executive with the knowledge and experience of Phil Kent to the board of Scripps Networks Interactive,” said Scripps president, chairman and CEO Kenneth Lowe.

He added: "Phil has led complex organizations that grew in the face of increased competition and has a deep understanding of the international media landscape that will be critical as we continue to focus on growth outside the United States. His strategic knowledge and commercial acumen will be invaluable to the board and the company."

Kent was succeeded in his Turner role by John Martin.

Galloway, who served as CEO of the publisher of the Toronto Star newspaper from 1988 to 2002, will leave the Scripps board after nine years. He was chair of the compensation committee for seven years.

"David has been an incredible asset to the board and provided valuable service to the company during his tenure,” Lowe said. “We will all miss his leadership and counsel, and we wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement.”