Sep 10, 2018
Lisa Knutson is the Executive
Vice President/Chief Financial Officer of The E.W. Scripps
Lisa leads the company's financial operations; corporate development; enterprise-wide strategic planning; and manages company-wide functions including IT, risk management and corporate communications.
Lisa was 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 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) in 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 2017 by the YWCA Greater Cincinnati as a Career Woman of Achievement; 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).
In this episode, we chat about:
-The original career she thought she'd have her whole life
-Her husband acting as a stay-at-home dad in the early 90s and what that did for her
-Her passion for entrepreneurs
-Timing and risks and the impact of both in her life
-Her chance meeting with a former colleague and what happened next
-The three things that motivate her the most
-The terrifying project she said YES to leading
- Her involvement with various organizations to fulfill her need to make a difference in the world and her way of choosing with intentionality
-The importance of women supporting other women in the corporate world
-Women in the boardroom
-Her tips for women as they move along their career journey and the quote she loves