Executive Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer
Lisa Knutson, 51, is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for The E.W. Scripps Company. Lisa leads corporate development; strategic planning for the company’s growing portfolio of television, radio and digital media brands; and manages company-wide functions including HR, IT, outsourcing governance, project management, corporate communications and The Scripps National Spelling Bee. Lisa played a critical role in the merger-and-spinoff deal between Scripps and Journal Communications in spring 2015, including overseeing the transition and integration processes.
Prior to her current role, Lisa served as senior vice president of human resources, where she focused on strategic oversight of all aspects of human resources, including organizational design, performance and succession management, learning and development, compensation, benefits, employee relations, HR operations and change management.
Before joining Scripps in 2005, Lisa was a vice president at Fifth Third Bank, where she oversaw HR operations, including employee administrative services, Six Sigma project management, HR risk management, compliance, and HR finance and reporting.
Lisa began her career at Arthur Andersen, LLP, where she worked in both the audit and tax departments before becoming a business consultant to small and emerging businesses.
In between two stints at Arthur Andersen Lisa worked as the CFO/head of administration for start-up environmental consulting firm, PSARA Technologies, Inc. In this capacity she was responsible for raising money, debt, and handing all financial, legal and administrative matters.
Her final assignment at Arthur Anderson was as the director of audit operations for the Great Lakes Market Circle.
Lisa earned a bachelor's degree in accountancy from Miami University.
Lisa is the founding chairperson for the Human Resources Outsourcing Association's Mid-Market Special Interest Group. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Lisa serves as a corporate director for WesBanco, Inc. (WSBC) Wheeling, West Virginia, and is a member of the compensation committee. She also serves on the board of the Cincinnati Regional Chamber and is a member of its Executive Committee.
She is a board member of TriHealth as well as Bethesda Inc., where she also serves as chairperson for the Grants Committee. She is also a board member at Talbert House and Camp Joy in Cincinnati. She is a trustee for the Scripps Howard Foundation; and a member of the United Way Tocqueville Society.
Lisa was recognized in 2011 by the Cincinnati Chamber as a WE Celebrate Corporate Woman of the Year runner up; in 2009 by the Human Resources Outsourcing Association for Mid-Market Buyer Executive of the Year and for Mid-Market Customer Relationship of the Year (awarded to Scripps and ADP); and in 2008 also by HROA for Sourcing Relationship of the Year (awarded to Scripps).