Perry A. Sook
Perry A. Sook has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nexstar since its inception in 1996.
Mr. Sook currently serves as Chairman of The Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees (non-profit), on the Board of Directors of Broadcast Music, Inc. (non-profit), the Broadcasters Foundation of America (non-profit), the Television Bureau of Advertising (non-profit) and as the Television Chairman for the National Association of Broadcasters (non-profit).
Mr. Sook’s qualifications to serve on Nexstar’s Board of Directors include his demonstrated leadership skills and extensive operating executive experience in building Nexstar from its founding to $4.6BN of net revenue in 2021. He is highly experienced in driving operational excellence, innovating new strategies and attaining financial objectives under a variety of economic and competitive conditions.
Geoff Armstrong was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of Nexstar in November 2003, serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee and was the former Chairman of the Compensation Committee and as the Chairman of the Audit Committee prior to Ms. McNabb’s tenure as Audit Committee Chairperson.
Mr. Armstrong currently serves as 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, an NYSE publicly traded company. 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. Prior to that, 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 currently serves as the chairman of the audit committee of Urban One, Inc. (NASDAQ: UONE) and previously served as board member and chairman of the audit committee of Urban One, Inc. from June 2001 and May 2002, respectively, through November 2020.
Mr. Armstrong’s qualifications to serve on Nexstar’s Board of Directors include his extensive experience as the Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer in the broadcast and communications industry, as well as a board member of several publicly traded companies. His service on the boards of other public companies allows him to offer a broad perspective on corporate governance, risk management and operating issues facing corporations today.
Ms. Aulestia was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of Nexstar in January 2021 and serves on the Compensation Committee.
Ms. Aulestia has served since March 2022 as Chief Revenue and Growth Officer of Callisto Media (private), a technology and media company which leverages audience data to create high-quality content at scale. From 2018 to 2019 Ms. Aulestia was President, Global Distribution and from 2015 to 2018 was Executive Vice President, Global Distribution at HBO, the premium programming subsidiary of WarnerMedia. Prior to that, she was Executive Vice President, Domestic Network & Digital Distribution at HBO from 2013 – 2015 and Senior Vice President, Domestic Network & Digital Distribution at HBO from 2009 – 2013. Prior to HBO, Ms. Aulestia held positions at Univision Communications, Turner Broadcasting Systems and Kidder Peabody.
Ms. Aulestia currently serves on the board of directors and on the compensation and incentives committee of the board of directors of Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), the franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest full-service restaurant chains, and Candoo Tech (private), a monthly subscription-based technical customer support service for aging adults and planned communities.
Ms. Aulestia’s qualifications to serve on Nexstar’s Board of Directors include her extensive experience as an operating executive in content and digital businesses which enables her to provide valuable advice on strategic and business matters as it relates to the Company’s own content and digital operations and growth plans.
Dennis J. FitzSimons
Mr. FitzSimons was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of Nexstar in January 2017 and serves on the Audit Committee.
Mr. FitzSimons currently serves as Chairman of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation (non-profit), a charitable organization with extensive assets where he has held his position since 2004. Concurrent with and prior to that, Mr. FitzSimons spent 25 years with the Tribune Company, a predecessor company of Tribune Media Company which Nexstar acquired in 2019, most recently serving as the Chief Executive Officer and board member of Tribune Company from 2003 to 2007 and as Chairman of the board of directors from 2004 to 2007.
From 2009 until January 2017, Mr. Fitzsimons served on the board of directors of Media General, Inc. (“Media General”) (formerly public), which Nexstar acquired in 2017, as Chairman of Media General’s compensation committee and a member of the audit committee. He also served on the board of directors of Time, Inc. (formerly public) from 2014 until its sale to Meredith Corporation in January 2018 and was a member of the audit committee and the compensation committee.
Mr. FitzSimons’ 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 was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of Nexstar in 1997 and serves on the Compensation Committee.
Mr. Grossman currently serves as Managing Partner and Co-Chief Executive Officer at ABRY Partners, LLC (“ABRY”), a private equity fund focused on media, communications, business and information services, which he joined in 1996. ABRY helped found Nexstar alongside Perry Sook in 1996 and fully exited its ownership position in the Company in 2013.
Mr. Grossman has served on the board of directors of a wide variety of companies including Atlantic Broadband, Caprock Communications, Consolidated Theaters, Cyrus One Networks, Donuts, Executive Health Resources, Grande Communications, Hosted Solutions, Monitronics International, Q9 Networks, RCN Telecom Services, Sidera Networks and WideOpenWest Holdings.
Mr. Grossman’s qualifications to serve on Nexstar’s Board of Directors include his long-term experience with Nexstar and his extensive experience in investing in media and communications companies enabling him to provide meaningful insight and guidance to the Company and the Board as Nexstar executes on its growth plan.
Mr. McMillen was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of Nexstar in July 2014 and serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
Mr. McMillen currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the LEAD1 Association (formerly the DIA Athletic Directors Association). He previously served as Timios National Corporation’s (formerly Homeland Security Capital Corporation) Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board from August 2005 and as its President from July 2011 to February 2014. From May 2013 to May 2016, Mr. McMillen served as an independent director of RCS Capital Corporation.
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’s qualifications to serve on Nexstar’s Board of Directors 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.
Ms. McNabb was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of Nexstar in May 2006, serves on the Audit Committee and was the former Audit Committee Chairperson.
Ms. McNabb served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Linux Foundation, an open-source technology consortium, from 2018 to 2020. In 2017, Ms. McNabb was interim Chief Financial Officer for Illuminate Education and from 2012 to 2015 was Founder of DigiWorksCorp, a digital and data analytics SaaS company for retail and enterprise companies. Prior to that, she held positions with w2wlink, Match, Sodexo, PepsiCo Frito-Lay, American Airlines, AT&T and JP Morgan Chase.
Ms. McNabb is also an independent director, chair of audit, member of the nominating and governance and compensation committees of NeoGames (NASDAQ: NGMS), a global provider of iLottery solutions for national and state-regulated lotteries, and an independent director and chair of the audit committee of Acronis (private), a global leader in cybersecurity and data protection. Previously Ms. McNabb served as a director and chair of the audit committee and on the compensation committee of Tandy Brands (public). She also previously served on the advisory board of American Airlines.
Ms. McNab’s qualifications to serve on Nexstar’s Board of Directors include her leadership skills in entrepreneurial and executive roles in media, digital and technology companies. She is an expert at driving finance, strategy, operations, data analytics and revenue strategies at the high growth scaling inflection stage.
John R. Muse
John R. Muse was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of Nexstar in January 2017 and serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
Mr. Muse has over 25 years of experience in private equity and is currently the chairman of the board of directors of Lucchese, Inc. (private), a boot company, and Free Flow Wines (private), a leading packaging and logistics company serving the wine on tap segment. He is also on the board of directors of CSM Bakery Solutions (private) and from 2014 until January 2017, served on the board of directors of Media General (formerly public), which Nexstar acquired in 2017.
Mr. Muse’s qualifications to serve on Nexstar’s Board of Directors include his investing, financial and leadership skills in entrepreneurial and executive roles in a wide range of industries in which he has invested directly and indirectly.
I. Martin Pompadur
I. Martin Pompadur was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of Nexstar in November 2003 and serves as the Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
Mr. Pompadur served as Global Vice Chairman, Media and Entertainment at Macquarie Capital from 2009 to 2016. Prior to that from 1998 through 2008, Mr. Pompadur worked for News Corporation in a variety of positions including Executive Vice President of News Corporation, President of News Corporation Eastern and Central Europe, as a member of News Corporation’s Executive Management Committee and as Chairman of News Corp. Europe.
Mr. Pompadur currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (NASDAQ: CSSE), Director of Troika Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRKA), Director of Golden Falcon Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: GFX), Chairman of Metan Global Entertainment (private), and Director of RP Coffee Ventures (private). 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’s qualifications to serve on Nexstar’s Board of Directors include his extensive expertise in the media industry and his ability to offer a broad international perspective on issues considered by Nexstar’s Board of Directors.