Lisa Knutson, 55, is president, Scripps Networks, at The E.W. Scripps Company.
In this role, Lisa oversees operations of the newly combined businesses of ION Media, the five Katz networks and Newsy.
Prior to Scripps’ acquisition of ION Media in January 2021, Lisa served as chief financial officer. In this capacity, she led the company’s financial operations, corporate development, enterprise-wide strategic planning and manages company-wide functions including IT and risk management.
Lisa was previously Scripps’ chief strategy officer and, before that, served as chief administrative officer from 2011 to 2017, overseeing corporate development and strategic planning and managing company-wide functions including consumer insights, human resources and information technology. Lisa played a key role in the merger-and-spinoff deal between Scripps and Journal Communications in 2015, including overseeing the transition and integration processes.
Lisa previously served as senior vice president of human resources, where she focused on strategic oversight of all aspects of human resources. Before joining Scripps in 2005, Lisa was a vice president at Fifth Third Bank, where she oversaw HR operations.
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.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Miami University.
Lisa serves as a corporate director for WesBanco, Inc. (WSBC) in Wheeling, West Virginia, and is a member of the compensation and nominating committee. She also serves as a corporate director of BlueAnt Media, a privately held company based in Toronto, Canada. She serves on the audit committee.
She is board member of Bethesda, Inc., where she also serves as the vice chairperson. She also is a trustee for the Scripps Howard Foundation.
Lisa was recognized in 2020 as a Broadcast Best Finance Leader by Radio + Television Business Report, in 2017 by the YWCA Greater Cincinnati as a Career Woman of Achievement and in 2011 by the Cincinnati Chamber as a WE Celebrate Corporate Woman of the Year runner up.