Henry Ahn
Title: EVP, Content Marketing & Distribution, Scripps Networks Interactive
Number of Years in Cable:  23
Education: BS, Boston College; MBA, Fordham University
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Always do the right thing.

Why Him? In an industry that values relationships above all, the affable Ahn has built a 25-year cable career as both a people’s person and a scrupulous negotiator. He’s elevated his game since joining the Scripps family two years ago, delivering a gaggle of TVE deals with distribution partners and overseeing the company’s first online-only subscription distribution deal in early 2013, with Amazon Prime Instant Video. Next up, Ahn will continue to refine the video experience for Scripps’ existing and new content as HGTV adds nine series this year. That’s in addition to Food Network and Cooking Channel, which have a whopping 20 shows on their uh… plates. Look to Ahn to serve up continued convergence across TV, online and mobile devices.

Apple or Samsung? Apple. I have too much invested in Apple products to switch.

The one thing I’d do differently if I could go back to high school: Learn to play an instrument.

Favorite decade? The ’80s. I was in my twenties. Need I say more?

Favorite airport? None. I hate them all.

Celebrity, sports figure or politician I’d most NOT want to have dinner with? Pope Francis.

The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: The continued rollout of TV Everywhere by networks and distributors. ?

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