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Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc (SBGI.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

David Smith

66 2017 Executive Chairman, Chairman of the Board and Director

Christopher Ripley

40 2017 President, Chief Executive Officer

David Amy

64 2017 Vice Chairman of the Board

Lucy Rutishauser

52 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer

Steven Marks

60 2017 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Barry Faber

55 2017 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Distribution and Network Relations

Steven Pruett

62 2017 Executive Vice President, Chief TV Development Officer

David Bochenek

54 2013 Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer

Donald Thompson

50 2013 Senior Vice President - Human Resources

Rebecca Hanson

52 2014 Senior Vice President - Strategy and Policy

Robert Malandra

54 2017 Senior Vice President - Advanced Revenue Development & Analytics

Robert Weisbord

54 2017 Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Sinclair Digital

James Smith

63 1986 Vice President, Secretary, Director

Frederick Smith

67 1990 Vice President, Director

Scott Ehrlich

2017 Vice President - Emerging Platform Content

Delbert Parks

64 2014 Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of Sinclair Television Group, Inc.

Robert Smith

53 1998 Director

Howard Friedman

51 2015 Independent Director

Daniel Keith

62 2001 Independent Director

Martin Leader

76 2002 Independent Director

Lawrence McCanna

73 1995 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

David Smith

Mr. David D. Smith serves as Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. Until January 2017, Mr. Smith served as President and Chief Executive Officer since 1988. Mr. Smith founded Comark Communications, Inc., a company engaged in the manufacture of high power transmitters for UHF television stations, and was an officer and director of Comark until 1986. He also was a principal in other television stations prior to serving as a General Manager of WPMY (formerly WCWB-TV) from 1984 until 1986. In 1986, Mr. Smith was instrumental in the formation of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. Mr. Smith serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Atlantic Automotive Corporation, The Triscari Group, Inc., The Sinclair Relief Fund, The American Flag Foundation, Inc., Cunningham Communications Inc., and Keyser Investment Group, Inc., partner of Gertell Development, LP, and was a member of the Board of Managers of Alarm Funding Associates, LLC until it was sold in March 2017.

Christopher Ripley

Mr. Christopher S. (Chris) Ripley serves as President, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. From April 2014 to January 2017, he served as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Sinclair, Mr. Ripley was a managing director at UBS Investment Bank’s Global Media Group and served as head of the Los Angeles office where he managed, advised and structured various financings and merger and acquisition transactions in the broadcast and entertainment sectors. Prior to UBS, Mr. Ripley was a principal in Prime Ventures and an analyst at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Ripley graduated from the University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business, with a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Business Administration. Mr. Ripley serves as an Investor Director of hibu.

David Amy

Mr. David B. Amy has been appointed as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Company effective January 1, 2017. Mr. Amy has served as Vice Chairman since January 2017. From April 2014 to January 2017, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Sinclair since March 2001. From September 1999 to March 2001 he served as Executive Vice President and as Vice President and CFO from September 1998 to September 1999. Beginning in 1994, he served as CFO until September 1998. In addition, he serves as Secretary of Sinclair Television Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary that owns and operates our broadcasting operations. Mr. Amy has over 30 years of broadcast experience, having joined Sinclair as a Business Manager for WPMY (formerly WPTT-TV) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Amy received his MBA degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981. Mr. Amy serves as a member of the Board of Managers of KDSM Licensee, LLC, is Vice Chairman of the Board for The Maryland Science Center, Secretary of the Board of the Television Music License Committee, and is a Board Member of CyberSpa. He is also a member of the Board of Managers of Triangle Sign & Service, LLC. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Acrodyne Communications, Inc., and G1440 Holdings, Inc. until 2009; Visionair, Inc. until 2008 and Jadoo Power Systems, Inc. until 2007. Mr. Amy also served as the Audit Committee Chairman of Acrodyne Communications, Inc. until 2009 and Chairman of the Board of Managers of Alarm Funding Associates, LLC until it was sold in March 2017.

Lucy Rutishauser

Ms. Lucy A. Rutishauser serves as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. She has served as Senior Vice President Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer since January 2017. From December 2013 to January 2017, she served as Senior Vice President / Corporate Finance / Treasurer. Prior to that, she was Vice President / Corporate Finance / Treasurer since November 2002. From March 2001 until November 2002, she served as Treasurer and, from 1998 until March 2001, she served as Assistant Treasurer. From 1996 to 1997, Ms. Rutishauser was the Assistant Treasurer for Treasure Chest Advertising Company. From 1992 to 1996, Ms. Rutishauser served as Assistant Treasurer and Director of Treasury for Integrated Health Services, Inc. From 1988 to 1992, Ms. Rutishauser held various treasury positions with Laura Ashley, Inc. and the Black and Decker Corporation. Ms. Rutishauser graduated magna cum laude from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance and received her M.B.A., with honors from the University of Baltimore. Ms. Rutishauser is a member of the National Institute of Investor Relations and the Association of Finance Professionals.

Steven Marks

Mr. Steven M. (Steve) Marks has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company., effective January 1, 2017. From May 2007 to January 2017 he served as Vice President / Co-Chief Operating Officer within our broadcast segment. Prior to that, he served as Chief Operating Officer / Television Group from February 2003 to May 2007. Mr. Marks is responsible for the operations of a certain number of our television stations. Prior to that, he served as Vice President / Regional Director from March 2002 to February 2003. As a Vice President / Regional Director, Mr. Marks was responsible for the Baltimore, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Flint, Tallahassee, Charleston, West Virginia, Portland, Springfield, Minneapolis, Tampa, Syracuse, Norfolk, Richmond, Buffalo and Rochester markets. Prior to his appointment as Vice President / Regional Director, Mr. Marks served as Regional Director since October 1994. Mr. Marks served as General Manager for Sinclair’s flagship station, WBFF-TV in Baltimore, Maryland from July 1991 until October 1994. From 1986 until joining WBFF-TV in 1991, Mr. Marks served as General Sales Manager at WTTE-TV in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that time, he was National Sales Manager for WFLX-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Barry Faber

Mr. Barry M. Faber has been appointed as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Distribution and Network Relations of the Company., effective January 1, 2017. Mr. Faber has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Distribution and Network Relations since January 2017. From May 2008 to January 2017, he served as Executive Vice President / General Counsel, as Vice President / General Counsel from August 1999 to May 2008 and prior to that as Associate General Counsel from 1996 to 1999. Prior to that time, he was associated with the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson in Washington, D.C. Mr. Faber is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Law. Mr. Faber is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Sinclair Relief Fund.

Steven Pruett

Mr. Steven J. Pruett has been appointed as Executive Vice President, Chief TV Development Officer of the Company., effective January 1, 2017. He joined Sinclair as Vice President / Co-Chief Operating Officer within our broadcast segment in April 2013, overseeing the operations of a certain number of our television stations. Prior to that, he was with Communications Corporation of America, first as Chief Financial Officer, then becoming its President in 2006 and President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as a member of the Board, in 2007. Mr. Pruett served as special strategic advisor to DirecTV and Thomson Consumer Electronics from 1998 to 2002. From 1995 to 1999, he was a Managing Director at Communications Equity Associates. During his career, he has helped found several broadcast groups as an initial investor, financier, managing partner or board member including Spanish Radio Group Excel Communications, ACME Television, USBG, and UPI Media, where he served as President. Mr. Pruett attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he majored in Radio and Television. He later earned a Masters in Management from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University. Beginning 2008, Mr. Pruett was a key member of the Fox Affiliate Board of Governors where he served as Treasurer until 2011 when he was elected Chairman, a position he held until 2014.

David Bochenek

Mr. David R. (Dave) Bochenek serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. Prior to that, he served as Vice President / Chief Accounting Officer since May 2005. Prior to that, he served as Chief Accounting Officer from November 2002 to April 2005. Mr. Bochenek joined Sinclair in March 2000 as the Corporate Controller. Prior to joining Sinclair, Mr. Bochenek was Vice President, Corporate Controller for Prime Retail, Inc. from 1993 until 2000. From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Bochenek served as Assistant Vice President for MNC Financial, Inc. and prior to that held various positions in the audit department of Ernst & Young, LLP. Mr. Bochenek received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Science in Finance from Loyola University, Maryland. Mr. Bochenek is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the board for Media Financial Management Association (MFM).

Donald Thompson

Mr. Donald H. (Don) Thompson serves as Senior Vice President - Human Resources of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. Prior to that, he served as Vice President / Human Resources since November 1999 and prior to that as Director of Human Resources from September 1996. Prior to joining us, Mr. Thompson was a Human Resources Manager for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center near Washington, D.C. Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Personnel and Industrial Relations from University of Maryland, and an MS in Business / Human Resource & Behavioral Management and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Thompson is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Rebecca Hanson

Ms. Rebecca J. Hanson serves as Senior Vice President - Strategy and Policy of the company. Prior to that, she was a Senior Advisor, Broadcast Spectrum with the Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, and served on the Incentive Auction Task Force as the point person for broadcaster participation and issues affecting nonparticipating broadcasters. Prior to joining the FCC from 2007 to 2009, she was the Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Sprint Nextel, where she was responsible for the launch and long-term growth strategy for the WiMAX network and a member of the deal team leading the financing and merger with Clearwire for a national spectrum footprint. From 2006 to 2007 she was a consultant focusing on business planning and deal execution for various digital media companies. Prior to that and from 2000, she held the positions of Senior Vice President, Business Development, and Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at XM Satellite Radio, Inc., where she was the lead negotiator for key strategic alliances and partnerships in the areas of programming, marketing, distribution, acquisitions/joint ventures and product development. She began her career as an attorney with Brownstein and Zeidman from 1993 to 1996 and then ShawPittman (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman) from 1996 to 2000, where she specialized in the areas of technology, commercial finance, and venture capital.

Robert Malandra

Mr. Robert F. Malandra has been appointed as Senior Vice President - Advanced Revenue Development & Analytics of the Company., effective January 1, 2017. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President / Finance and Television since June 2015. Prior to that, he served as Vice President / Finance and Television of Sinclair Television Group, Inc. since 2008 and has been with the company since 2006. Prior to joining Sinclair, he worked for Madison Square Garden as an Executive Consultant covering their Radio City, MSG Network, and Arena properties. Prior to that, he was with Rainbow Media (now AMC Networks) where he served as Vice President Planning, Advertising for their network of regional sports channels. Prior to that, he was Vice President for Rainbow’s PRISM/SportsChannel Philadelphia. He holds an MBA in Media Strategy from Manchester Business School in Manchester England.

Robert Weisbord

Mr. Robert D. Weisbord has been appointed Chief Revenue Officer of the Company., effective on January 1, 2018. Mr. Weisbord has served as SVP, Chief Operating Officer of Sinclair Digital Group since June 2017 and as Chief Operating Officer of Sinclair Digital Group since January 2014. As COO, Mr. Weisbord was responsible for all web/mobile app/social media creation, interaction of the unit with news and television station platforms, revenue generation, and exploring strategic partnerships and potential related acquisitions, as well as oversight for Compulse, Sinclair's digital agency. He served as Vice President / New Media fromJune 2010to January 2014. From 2008 toJune 2010, he served as Director of Digital Interactive Marketing for Sinclair. From 1997, he served in various management positions for the Company including Regional Group Manager, General Manager for the Company's Las Vegas duopoly of KVMY-TV and KVCW-TV, and Director of Sales. Prior to that and from 1993, he was National Sales Manager for WTVT-TV inTampa, Florida. Mr. Weisbord began his broadcasting career in the radio industry with Family Group Broadcasting in 1985. Mr. Weisbord holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Tampa. Mr. Weisbord is currently on the board of ZypMedia and AlertID.

James Smith

Mr. James Duncan Smith, CPA, serves as Vice President, Secretary, Director of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., since 1986. He has served as Vice President, Secretary and as a Director of Sinclair since 1986. Prior to that, he built and operated the following television stations: WPMY (formerly WCWB-TV) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; WTTE-TV in Columbus, Ohio; WIIB-TV in Bloomington, Indiana and WTTA-TV in Tampa / St. Petersburg, Florida. In addition, Mr. Smith worked for Comark Communications, Inc., a company engaged in the manufacture of high power transmitters for UHF television stations. Mr. Smith serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The High Rock Foundation, Cunningham Communications Inc., Keyser Investment Group, Inc., The Sinclair Relief Fund and The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, as well as partner of Gerstell Development, LP and Beaver Dam, LLC.

Frederick Smith

Dr. Frederick G. Smith serves as Vice President, Director of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. He has served as Vice President of Sinclair since 1990 and Director since 1986. Prior to joining Sinclair in 1990, Dr. Smith was an oral and maxillofacial surgeon engaged in private practice and was employed by Frederick G. Smith, M.S., D.D.S., P.A., a professional corporation of which Dr. Smith was the sole officer, director and stockholder. Dr. Smith serves as a member of the Board of Directors or Trustees of the Freven Foundation, Gerstell Academy, University of Maryland at Baltimore Foundation, St. Joseph’s Hospital, The Sinclair Relief Fund, Cunningham Communications Inc., and Keyser Investment Group, Inc., as well as partner of Gerstell Development, LP, and Beaver Dam, LLC.

Scott Ehrlich

Mr. Scott Ehrlich serves as Vice President - Emerging Platform Content of the Company. Mr. Ehrlich has spent three decades in the media business in roles spanning licensing, production, creative development, technology, network management and programming. He's served as Executive Producer for award winning digital series including The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (Paramount/Hulu) and Two Bellmen (Marriott Content Studio), as well as licensing content to and from digital and traditional platforms. Mr. Ehrlich has been retained as a strategic advisor to startups and established companies focused on digital video products, distribution and business models. Earlier in his career Mr. Ehrlich served in executive roles at NBC Cable (CNBC), News Corporation (News America Digital Publishing and Fox News Channel) and Real Networks (RealOne SuperPass). Mr. Ehrlich received his master's degree from The Graduate School of Political Management and his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College.

Delbert Parks

Mr. Delbert R. (Del) Parks, III., serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of Sinclair Television Group, Inc., a subsidiary of the Company, since November 2014. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President / Operations and Engineering, since December 2013. Prior to that, he served as Vice President / Engineering and Operations of Sinclair Television Group, Inc. since 1996. From 1985 to 1996, he was Director of Operations and Engineering for WBFF-TV in Baltimore, Maryland and Sinclair. He has held various operations and engineering positions with us for the last 44 years. He is responsible for planning, organizing and implementing operational and engineering policies and strategies as they relate to television operations, internet activity, information management systems, and infrastructure. Mr. Parks is a SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) Fellow and is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. He is on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Parks is also a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who has held various commands during his 26-year reserve career.

Robert Smith

Mr. Robert E. Smith serves as Director of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., since 1986. He has served as a Director since 1986. He served as Vice President and Treasurer of Sinclair from 1988 to June 1998, at which time he resigned from his position as Vice President and Treasurer. In March 1997, Mr. Smith started RSMK LLC, a commercial real estate investment company. Prior to 1986, he assisted in the construction of several television stations including WTTE-TV in Columbus, Ohio and also worked for Comark Communications, Inc., a company engaged in the manufacture of high power transmitters for UHF television stations. Mr. Smith serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Nextgen Foundation Charitable Trust, Gerstell Academy, Keyser Investment Group, Inc., Cunningham Communications, Inc., Stages Music Arts, as well as partner of Gerstell Development LP, Beaver Dam LLC, and Laker Partners, LLC.

Howard Friedman

Mr. Howard E. Friedman serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Friedman has served as Director since January 2015. He is the founding Partner of Lanx Management LLC, a hedge “fund of funds” as well as having been the Co-Founder, Publisher & CEO of Watermark Press, Inc. From 2006-2010, Mr. Friedman served as President and then Chairman of the Board of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). In 2007 and in 2009, Washington Life Magazine listed Mr. Friedman as one of the 100 most powerful people in Washington D.C. From 2010-2012, he served as the President of the American Israel Educational Foundation, the charitable arm of AIPAC. He is the past Chair of the Board of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Mr. Friedman has served as President of the Baltimore Jewish Council, and as President of JTA-The Global News Service of the Jewish People. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. In addition, Mr. Friedman serves on the boards of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Touro College and University System, Talmudical Academy and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Daniel Keith

Mr. Daniel C. Keith serves as Independent Director of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., since May 2001. Mr. Keith has served as a Director since May 2001. Mr. Keith is the President and Founder of the Cavanaugh Group, Inc., a Baltimore-based investment advisory firm founded in October 1995. Prior to establishing the Cavanaugh Group, Inc., Mr. Keith was Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager, and Director of the Investment Management division of a local financial services company since 1985. During this time, he served as Chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee and was a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Keith has been advising clients since 1979. He serves as a member of the Boards of Trustees of The High Rock Foundation.

Martin Leader

Mr. Martin R. Leader serves as Independent Director of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., since May 2002. Mr. Leader has served as a Director since May 2002. Mr. Leader is a retired partner of the law firm ShawPittman (now known as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP) in Washington, D.C. where he specialized in communications law matters. Prior to his service at ShawPittman, Mr. Leader was a senior partner with the law firm of Fisher Wayland Cooper Leader & Zaragoza in Washington, D.C. from 1973 to 1999. Mr. Leader was a member of the Board of Directors of Atlantic Automotive Corporation until February 2006. Mr. Leader has served on the staff of the Office of Opinions and Review of the Federal Communications Commission. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. Mr. Leader graduated from Tufts University and Vanderbilt University Law School.

Lawrence McCanna

Mr. Lawrence E. McCanna serves as Independent Director of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., since July 1995. Mr. McCanna has served as a Director since July 1995. Mr. McCanna was a shareholder of the accounting firm of Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, P.A. from 1972 and served as its managing director through June 30, 2009. On July 1, 2009, Mr. McCanna retired from full-time employment with the firm, liquidating his entire interest in Gross, Mendelson & Associates on that date. Mr. McCanna provides substantial value to the Board of Directors through his extensive accounting, finance and management experience. He is an audit committee financial expert as defined by the SEC. Mr. McCanna has served on various committees of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and was Chairman of the Management of the Accounting Practice Committee. He is also a former member of the Management of an Accounting Practice Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a former member of the Board of Directors of Maryland Special Olympics and Mount St. Joseph High School.