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Fox News Names Kevin Lord To Top HR Division

Deadline logo Deadline 12/14/2016 Lisa de Moraes
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Fox News has hired former General Electric/NBC HR honcho Kevin Lord to oversee its Human Resources department in a newly created EVP position.

The addition was announced by network Co-Presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine; Lord will report to Abernethy.

Lord will oversee the entire HR division for Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and each of the corresponding digital operations. He starts the new gig on January 16, 2017.

Lord’s going to have his hands full, Fox News having been rocked last summer when former Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson sued former FNC chief Roger Ailes claiming sexual harassment. An internal investigation at the news calber produced others who came forward with similar claims, which resulted in the powerful Ailes being shown the door at the genre-leading cable news operation he’d launched for Rupert Murdoch. But the drama did not stop there. Among the highlights: Ailes received a $40M payout in the thick of the GOP convention, Carlson worked out a $20 million settlement with Fox, and Fox News star Megyn Kelly confirming she’d spoken to those investigators about her alleged Ailes sexual harassment encounters, while doing the media circuit on her boot-promo-tour-cum-contract-coming-up tour.

Prior to being named to this position, Lord was SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer at TEGNA Inc., which was created in June of 2015 when Gannett, which Lord joined in ’12, split into two companies; Lord oversaw HR for a workforce of more than 10,000.

Before joining TEGNA, Lord served as the Executive Vice President of Human Resources for NBC News and was the HR Integration leader during NBCUniversal’s transition from General Electric to Comcast ownership. His initial role at NBCUniversal was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for its Integrated Media & International divisions prior to the Comcast ownership.

Before moving to NBC, Lord held several HR leadership positions with General Electric, including chief human resources officer for GE Plastics, GE corporate HR leader for commercial & communications, SVP human resources for GE Vendor Financial Services, as well as various HR roles at GE Aviation.

In today’s announcement Abernethy and Shine said Lord “recognizes the essential role that Human Resources plays, having held high profile positions at major media companies and GE” who will implement “key programs reflecting his core vision for employees.”

Lord said in a statement he is, “passionate about employee engagement and am eager to begin initiating strategic HR programs across all Fox News platforms.”

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