Perry A. Sook
Chairman and CEO
Perry A. Sook has 40 years of professional experience in the television and radio broadcasting industries, covering all facets of the business, including ownership and M&A, management, sales, on-air talent, and news. He founded Nexstar in 1996 with one local television station in Scranton, PA, and began building the foundation of what became one of the world’s leading local marketing and content companies, leveraging localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers across its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Based in Irving, TX, Nexstar trades on NASDAQ under the symbol NXST.
Following the $7.1 billion accretive acquisition of Tribune Media and the $4.6 billion accretive acquisition of Media General, Nexstar Media Group, Inc. is the largest local broadcast television operator in the United States, with 198 stations reaching 116 markets, or approximately 68% of all television households, and annual revenue in excess of $4.5 billion. As one of the nation’s leading providers of local news, entertainment, sports, lifestyle, and network programming, Nexstar produces and distributes over 270,000 hours of local content per year. In addition, Nexstar’s digital properties provide innovative digital marketing solutions and services to local and national media companies, advertisers, agencies, and brands.
Prior to Nexstar, Mr. Sook was one of the principals of Superior Communication Group, Inc., which was sold in 1995 to Sinclair Broadcast Group. Before Superior, Mr. Sook was President/CEO of Seaway Communication, Inc., owner of network affiliated stations in Bangor, ME and Wausau, WI. Before being recruited to run Seaway, he worked in the television industry as a General Sales Manager, acting General Manager and National Sales Manager. Mr. Sook previously spent five years with Cox Broadcasting, first in local sales in Pittsburgh, then at Telerep, Inc., as a National Account Executive. Early in his career, Mr. Sook was involved in local TV sales and radio sales. Mr. Sook also worked briefly as a television news anchor at the CBS affiliate in Clarksburg, WV.
Mr. Sook is a member of the Board of Directors of the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB), the not-for-profit trade association of America’s local broadcast television industry. He formerly served as Chairman of the organization. He is Chairman of the CBS Affiliate Board, a Member of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Broadcasters Foundation of America Board. He is on the Board of Directors of Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI) and is Chairman of The Ohio University Foundation.
Mr. Sook was named the 2009 Broadcaster of the Year by Broadcasting and Cable (B&C) and was among the honorees inducted into the B&C Hall of Fame in 2014. He was inducted to The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation’s 2016 Giants of Broadcasting and Electronic Arts and received The Media Institute’s 2016 American Horizon Award, recognizing his leadership, promoting the vitality and independence of American media.
Mr. Sook did his undergraduate work at Ohio University in Athens, OH and was an adjunct professor at Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania.
He and his wife Sandra have three children: Laura, Victoria and Perry, Jr. They reside in Flower Mound, TX.
Geoff Armstrong has served as a director of Nexstar since November 2003.
Mr. Armstrong is Chief Executive Officer of 310 Partners, a private investment firm. From March 1999 through September 2000, Mr. Armstrong was the Chief Financial Officer of AMFM, which was publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange until it was purchased by Clear Channel Communications in September 2000. From June 1998 to February 1999, Mr. Armstrong was Chief Operating Officer and a director of Capstar Broadcasting Corporation, which merged with AMFM in July 1999. Mr. Armstrong was a founder of SFX Broadcasting, which went public in 1993, and subsequently served as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and a director until the company was sold in 1998 to AMFM. Mr. Armstrong has served as a director and the chairman of the audit committee of Urban One (formerly Radio One) since June 2001 and May 2002, respectively. Mr. Armstrong has also served on the board of directors of SFXii Entertainment, Capstar Broadcasting Corporation, AMFM and SFX Broadcasting.
Mr. Armstrong brings to Nexstar’s Board of Directors his extensive experience as the Chief Executive Officer of several publicly traded companies in the broadcast and communications industry, as well as a member of the audit committee of several publicly traded companies. His service on the boards of public companies in diverse industries allows him to offer a broad perspective on corporate governance, risk management and operating issues facing corporations today.
Bernadette Aulestia became a Director in January 2021 and serves on the compensation committee.
Ms. Aulestia is an Independent Board Director and former President, Global Distribution at HBO. She led global revenue and operations for one of the world’s most innovative, premium media brands and led HBO’s digital transformation worldwide. She has extensive P&L experience leading high growth B2B and B2C brands in the media and entertainment vertical.
She currently serves on the board of directors of Denny’s Corporation NASDAQ: DENN, the franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest full-service restaurant chains, with locations in thirteen countries. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Brown University. Ms. Aulestia is an active angel investor and advisor to early stage technology and consumer product companies, with a focus on direct-to-consumer commerce. Ms Aulestia has served as a moderator and speaker at numerous domestic and international conferences related to the subscription economy, innovation in media and creating equitable and diverse business cultures. Prior to HBO Ms. Aulestia held positions at Univision Communications, Turner Broadcasting Systems, and Kidder Peabody.
Ms. Aulestia has been honored as one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Business, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, and the National Diversity Council’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment. She earned a dual degree in Economics and Development Studies from Brown University.
Dennis J. FitzSimons
Dennis J. FitzSimons was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of Nexstar effective in January 2017.
Mr. FitzSimons has served since 2004 as Chairman of the Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundation, a charitable organization with extensive assets. Prior to that, Mr. FitzSimons was the Chief Executive Officer of Tribune Company from 2003 to 2007 and Chairman from 2004 to 2007, stepping down upon completing the sale of the company. In December 2008, Tribune Company filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and emerged from the related bankruptcy proceedings in December 2012. Mr. FitzSimons began his 25-year career at Tribune in 1982, spending his first 17 years in the broadcast division in positions of increasing responsibility, including General Manager of WGN-TV, Chicago, and President/Chief Executive Officer of Tribune Broadcasting. He was appointed Executive Vice President of Tribune Company in January 2000, with responsibility for the company’s broadcasting, publishing and digital groups, as well as the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team. He was elected to the Tribune Company board of directors in 2000 and named President and Chief Operating Officer in July 2001 before becoming CEO in January 2003 and Chairman in January 2004. He started his media career at Grey Advertising in New York.
Mr. FitzSimons is a Trustee of both Northwestern University and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. From 2009 until January 2017, Mr. Fitzsimons served on the board of directors of Media General as Chairman of Media General’s Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. He also served in the board of directors and was a member of the audit committee and the compensation committee, of Time, Inc. from 2014 until its sale to Meredith Corporation in January 2018. Mr. FitzSimons also chaired the Media Security and Reliability Council for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from 2002 to 2004 and served as a Director of The Associated Press from 2004 to 2007.
Mr. FitzSimon’s qualifications to serve on Nexstar’s Board of Directors include his extensive experience as the Chief Executive Officer of a publicly traded company in the broadcast industry, as well as a member of the audit committee and compensation committee of several publicly traded companies. His service on the boards of public companies allows him to offer a broad perspective on corporate governance, risk management and operating issues facing corporations today.
Jay M. Grossman
Jay M. Grossman has served as a director of Nexstar since 1997 and was its Vice President and Assistant Secretary from 1997 until March 2002. Mr. Grossman serves as Managing Partner and Co-Chief Executive Officer at ABRY Partners, LLC (“ABRY”), which he joined in 1996. Prior to joining ABRY, Mr. Grossman was an investment banker specializing in media and entertainment at Kidder Peabody and at Prudential Securities. Mr. Grossman currently serves as a director (or the equivalent) of several private companies including Hometown Cable, Grande Communications Networks and RCN Telecom Services. Previously, Mr. Grossman served on the board of directors of a wide variety of companies including Atlantic Broadband, Q9 Networks, Sidera Networks, WideOpenWest Holdings, Consolidated Theaters, Country Road Communications, Monitronics International, Caprock Communications, Cyrus One Networks, Executive Health Resources and Hosted Solutions.
Mr. Grossman brings to Nexstar’s Board of Directors his ability to provide the insight and perspectives of a former investment banker at one of the world’s largest investment banks. His prior experience with media and entertainment transactions offers a unique viewpoint as a director. He also oversaw the integration of two middle-market communications companies with differing operations and networks. His service on the boards of several private companies in diverse industries allows him to offer a broad perspective on corporate governance, compensation and operating issues facing corporations today.
Thomas McMillen has served as a director of Nexstar since July 2014 and is currently a member of the Board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. McMillen currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of the LEAD1 Association (formerly the DIA Athletic Directors Association) since September 2015. He has also served on the board of RCS Capital Corporation from May 2013 to May 2016. In January 2016, RCS Capital Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware under a prearranged plan with the consent of the majority of its creditors.
Mr. McMillen served as Timios National Corporation’s (formerly Homeland Security Capital Corporation) Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board from August 2005 and served as its President from July 2011 to February 2014. From May 2011 to July 2013, Mr. McMillen served as Chairman of the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, a Congressionally authorized foundation where he currently serves as Treasurer. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. McMillen was the sole member and manager of NVT License Holdings, LLC (commonly known as New Vision Television), a Delaware limited liability company, which was the indirect parent and controlling entity of several other limited liability companies which held the Federal Communications Commission licenses for eight full power and two low power television stations in eight different television markets.
From April 2007 until June 2015, he served on the Board of Regents of the University of Maryland System. From December 2004 until January 2007, Mr. McMillen served as the Chairman of Fortress America Acquisition Corporation (now Fortress International Group, Inc., FIGI.PK), and from January 2007 until August 2009, he served as Vice Chairman and director. From October 2007 until October 2009, Mr. McMillen served as Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Secure America Acquisition Corporation (now Ultimate Escapes, Inc. OTCBB: ULEIQ.PK), and from October 2009 to December 2010 as a director and from November 2009 to December 2010 as Vice Chairman. Ultimate Escapes, Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in September 2010.
From 1987 through 1993, Mr. McMillen served three consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 4th Congressional District of Maryland.
Mr. McMillen received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor and Master of Arts from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Mr. McMillen’s qualifications to serve as a director of Nexstar include his over 28 years of political, business and sports experience and leadership. During his career, he has been an active investor, principal and board member in companies in the cellular, paging, healthcare, motorcycle, environmental technology, broadcasting, real estate and insurance industries.
Lisbeth McNabb has served as a director of Nexstar since May 2006 and is the chair of the audit committee.
Ms. McNabb is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Linux Foundation since 2018, the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build and advance open source technology. Ms. McNabb was interim Chief Financial Officer for Illuminate Education in 2017 and founder of DigiWorksCorp, a Digital and Data Analytics SaaS company, for Retail and Enterprise companies, where she served as President from 2012 to 2015. Chairman and founder of w2wlink, a professional women’s online membership community, from March 2007 to 2015. Ms. McNabb is the former Chief Financial Officer of Match, a global online dating company, where she was employed from 2005 through 2006. Prior to joining Match, Ms. McNabb served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Planning for Sodexo, a food service and facilities management company, from 2000 to 2005. Prior to that she held innovation, finance and strategy leadership roles with PepsiCo Frito-Lay, American Airlines, AT&T and JP Morgan Chase. Ms. McNabb currently serves on advisory boards of technology companies, and the University of Nebraska Business School. Previously Ms. McNabb served as a director and chair of the audit committee and compensation committee of Tandy Brands and served on the advisory board of American Airlines, Southern Methodist Cox School of Business, Dallas Chapter of Financial Executives International, Sammons Art Center, 4Word and The Family Place.
Ms. McNabb’s brings to Nexstar’s Board of Directors her leadership skills in entrepreneurial and executive roles in media, digital and technology companies and extensive strategy, analytics, operations, finance and marketing experience in a wide range of industries and in marketing to women and diversity. In addition to her leadership experience in digital and technology companies, Ms. McNabb also has had financial leadership roles.
Dennis Miller has served as a director of Nexstar since February 2014.
From 2013 until April 2014, Mr. Miller served as President of Operations for TV Guide Network, a highly distributed entertainment network owned by CBS Corporation and Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation. From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Miller was as an independent consultant to MediaLink and Lionsgate. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Miller was a General Partner at Spark Capital, a venture fund with an investment focus on the conflux of the media, entertainment and technology industries. Prior to joining Spark Capital, Mr. Miller served as Managing Director for Constellation Ventures, the venture arm of Bear Stearns. His portfolio of investments included CSTV (sold to CBS), TVONE (sold to Comcast and Radio One), Capital IQ (sold to McGraw Hill) and K12, which went public in 2007. Before focusing on venture capital investing, Mr. Miller served as Executive Vice President of Lionsgate, a global entertainment company with motion picture, television, home entertainment and digital media operations, which he joined in 1998. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Miller was the Executive Vice President of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a global motion picture, television and entertainment production and distribution company. He was Executive Vice President of Turner Network Television from 1991 to 1995, during the cable channel’s early inception. From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Miller was Executive Vice President of Turner Network Television. Mr. Miller began his career as an attorney with Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Phillips in Los Angeles. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Boalt Law School and a B.A. in political science from the University of California at San Diego. Mr. Miller currently serves as Chairman of Industrial Media.
Mr. Miller brings to Nexstar’s Board of Directors his over 25 years of knowledge and experience in numerous early-stage and established media, entertainment and technology companies.
John R. Muse
John R. Muse was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of Nexstar effective January 2017.
From 2014 until January 2017, Mr. Muse served on the board of directors of Media General, Inc. (“Media General”). He has over 25 years of experience in private equity and is currently the chair of the Lucchese, Inc. and Free Flow Wines, a leading packaging and logistics company serving the wine on tap segment. He is also on the board of directors of Dean Foods (public) and CSM Bakery Solutions (private). His philanthropic interests in education, community and human services have inspired him to serve on the Board of Visitors for the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He previously served on the Board of Visitors of the Klyde Warren Park Board. Mr. Muse received his B.S. in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and his M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mr. Muse brings to Nexstar’s Board of Directors his leadership skills in entrepreneurial and executive roles in a wide range of industries. Mr. Muse has also had financial leadership roles.
I. Martin Pompadur
I. Martin Pompadur has served as a director of Nexstar since November 2003.
In June of 1998, Mr. Pompadur joined News Corporation as Executive Vice President of News Corporation, President of News Corporation Eastern and Central Europe and a member of News Corporation’s Executive Management Committee. In January 2000, Mr. Pompadur was appointed Chairman of News Corp Europe. Mr. Pompadur resigned from News Corporation in November 2008. Mr. Pompadur served as Global Vice Chairman, Media and Entertainment at Macquarie Capital from 2009 to 2016. Prior to joining News Corporation, Mr. Pompadur was President of RP Media Management and held executive positions at several other media companies. Mr. Pompadur currently serves as the Chairman of Metan Global Entertainment, Director of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, and as a Director of RP Coffee Ventures. Previously, Mr. Pompadur served on the boards of IMAX Corporation, ABC, Inc., Ziff Corporation, News Corporation Europe, Sky Italia, News Out of Home, Balkan Bulgarian, BSkyB, Metromedia International Group, Elong, Seatwave Limited, Linkshare Corporation and Truli Media Group.
Mr. Pompadur brings to Nexstar’s Board of Directors his ability to offer a broad international perspective on issues considered by Nexstar’s Board of Directors and his extensive expertise in the media industry.