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Ken Lowe

Ken Lowe

Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Scripps Networks Interactive

Ken Lowe is Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive, a leading global lifestyle content company. Previously, he was President and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company from 2000 until 2008, when Scripps Networks Interactive became a separate, publicly traded company.

Prior to 2000, Lowe was Chairman and CEO of Knoxville-based Scripps Networks. He built the company into one of the world's fastest growing and most successful creators of unique brands for television and the Internet. He founded and launched HGTV in 1994; oversaw the acquisition and transformation of the Food Network into an American pop culture icon; presided over the launches of DIY Network and Cooking Channel, as well as the acquisitions of Travel Channel in 2009 and Great American Country in 2004. He has directed the company’s rapid expansion as a global media company, including the 2015 acquisition of Poland’s premier media company, TVN.

Lowe joined Scripps in 1980 as General Manager of the company's radio properties. In 1988, he became Vice President of Programming, Promotion and Marketing for the company's nine network-affiliated television stations.

He began his career in radio with Southern Broadcasting in 1969 and continued with various management positions with Harte-Hanks Broadcasting in the late 1970s.

Lowe serves on the board of directors for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, The Paley Center for Media and The Cable Center. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in radio, television and motion pictures from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.