Cynthia Gibson

Cynthia Gibson

Class of 2016

Cynthia Gibson is an experienced C-suite executive, independent director and an audit committee financial expert. Her M&A background includes global acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures. She also has deep experience in human capital, executive compensation, sustainability/ESG, regulatory and governance matters.

Cynthia is currently General Counsel at Bush Brothers & Company, a leading consumer packaged goods company with retail, foodservice and direct to consumer distribution. In this role she has responsibility for legal, corporate development, governance, sustainability/ESG, external affairs, corporate communications and government affairs, as well as managing the Bush’s Visitor Center café and museum.

She also serves as a member of the board of directors of The Trust Company of Tennessee, a privately-held financial services firm with more than $4B of assets under management; and is on the Knoxville advisory board for SmartBank, a subsidiary of SmartFinancial Inc. (NASDAQ: SMBK).

Previously Cynthia was Executive VP & Chief Legal & Business Affairs Officer at Scripps Networks Interactive (NASDAQ: SNI) with responsibility for legal affairs, business affairs, government affairs, corporate secretary, regulatory, shareholder relations and internal audit. SNI was a fortune 1000 company until its $14.6B sale to Discovery in 2018 and was an omnichannel media company with well-known US brands including HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel and international brands including UKTV, TVN and Asian Food Channel.

At that time, she also served on the supervisory board of TVN, S.A. (WIG: TVN), a $2B publicly traded media company acquired by SNI, chairing its Nomination and Remuneration (Compensation) Committee.

Cynthia has experience navigating the digital disruption of a traditional business and achieving global and digital growth both organically and through M&A. Representative transactions include the $14.6B disposition of SNI; the $2B acquisition of TVN, a publicly traded company in Poland; and the $900M acquisition of Travel Channel.

Cynthia is an expert in the human capital arena, including certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Her financial expertise includes transforming SNI’s internal audit function to a risk-based approach that enabled reliance by SNI’s external auditors. Her government affairs experience includes navigating threatened foreign ownership restrictions. Her regulatory background includes privacy, cybersecurity, data breach management and ethics and compliance. She also brings extensive corporate governance expertise in the areas of shareholder activism, and controlled and private company shareholder relations.