Scripps hires human resources SVP
Mon, August 08, 2005 by Mark Kroeger
CINCINNATI – Jennifer L. Weber, a human resources professional with expertise in aligning employee development and compensation programs with organizational strategy, is joining The E. W. Scripps Company as senior vice president of human resources, effective Sept. 1.Weber comes to Scripps from Towers Perrin, a global professional services firm with offices in 25 countries. Since 2002, Weber has been managing principal of the Towers Perrin HR Services office in Cincinnati.In this newly created senior management position at Scripps, Weber will be responsible for guiding human resources activities corporate-wide as well as aligning the department’s policies and goals with the company’s strategic business objectives. She will report to Scripps President and CEO Kenneth W. Lowe. “Scripps is a dynamic and growing company that relies on the quality of its employees - and the intellectual capital they represent - to compete in today’s rapidly changing media marketplace,” said Lowe. “Jennifer thoroughly understands the vital role that HR plays in helping a company like Scripps succeed in today’s highly competitive and fast-paced business environment.”Weber, 38, has been a human resources consultant with Towers Perrin since 1994, starting in the firm’s office in Pittsburgh. While there she developed her expertise in executive compensation issues, including serving as a unit leader for the firm’s executive compensation and rewards practice for the Pittsburgh market. She was made a partner of the firm in 2001 and a year later was chosen to lead the company’s Cincinnati office. As managing principal of Towers Perrin in Cincinnati, Weber directly participated in the design and implementation of rewards strategies and programs for several large clients, including Scripps, Alcoa Inc., The J. M. Smucker Company, Convergys Corp. and Fifth Third Bancorp.Weber has a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She also taught graduate-level professional speaking at Carnegie Mellon after completing her degree. Weber graduated cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She also is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She worked as an auditor for the U.S. General Accounting Office for about four years before joining Towers Perrin.Weber is on the Leadership Council of CincyTechUSA and was recently chosen to participate in Leadership Cincinnati. Outside of her work life and community involvement, Weber enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric, and their three children. About ScrippsScripps is a diverse media concern with interests in national lifestyle television networks, newspaper publishing, broadcast television, television retailing, interactive media and licensing and syndication. All of the company’s media businesses provide content and advertising services via the Internet.Scripps is organized into the following operating divisions. Scripps Networks, including the company’s growing portfolio of popular lifestyle television networks. Scripps Networks brands include Home & Garden Television, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living, Great American Country (GAC) and HGTVPro. Scripps Networks Web sites include FoodNetwork.com, HGTV.com, DIYnetwork.com, fineliving.com and gactv.com. Scripps Networks programming can be seen in 86 countries.Scripps Newspapers, including daily and community newspapers in 19 markets and the Washington-based Scripps Media Center, home to the Scripps Howard News Service. Scripps newspapers include the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, the Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel and the Ventura County (Calif.) Star. Scripps Television Station Group, including six ABC-affiliated stations, three NBC affiliates and one independent. Scripps operates broadcast television stations in Detroit; Cleveland; Cincinnati; Phoenix; Tampa; Baltimore; Kansas City, Mo.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Lawrence, Kan.Shop at Home, the company’s television retailing subsidiary, which markets a growing range of consumer goods directly to television viewers and visitors to the Shop at Home Web site, shopathometv.com. Shop at Home reaches about 53 million full-time equivalent U.S. households, including 5 million households via five Scripps-owned Shop at Home affiliated television stations.Shopzilla, an online comparison shopping service with an index of more than 30 million products from more than 55,000 stores. Shopzilla is powered by ShopRank, a proprietary algorithm that helps shoppers instantly find virtually any product for sale on the Web at the best price. Shopzilla also operates the BizRate consumer feedback network with more than 2.5 million members and about 1 million reviews per month.United Media, a leading licensing and syndication company. United Media is the worldwide licensing and syndication home of Peanuts, Dilbert and about 150 other features and characters.