Title: President, Food Network
Years in Cable: 18
Education: BA, Northwestern; MSJ, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Be brave; be direct.
Title: President, Travel Channel
Years in Cable: 16
Education: MA, Columbia University; BA Montclair State
Why Them? Quite simply, Ong and Johnson are programming dynamos. In her first full year as president of the Food category for Scripps, Johnson oversaw several key brand extensions for Food Network, including a partnership with Major League Baseball. Her programming strategy for the year has helped boost the network to its best ratings ever while lowering its average age. Over at Travel, although the network had a rough third quarter, revenues have remained steady and the network is expecting a better performance with new programming in the months ahead.
Outside the office: Johnson works closely with governmental task forces to combat childhood obesity. Ong’s a perfect fit for a lifestyle network since she likes to cook, renovate homes, travel, bike and hike.
My favorite meal that I can also prepare myself: Chili con carne
Favorite “going out” town: Rome
The one thing I tell my kids about success in life: Be kind to yourself and to others.
My favorite business and/or motivational book: Good to Great
Favorite iPad app: New York Times
Favorite “going out” town: San Francisco
Worst thing I’ve ever heard someone say in a meeting: “ I’m sorry, I wasn’t paying attention, can you repeat that question?”
Favorite sports team: Chicago White Sox
Favorite vacation spot: Sydney
Guilty television pleasure is: “Chopped” on Food Network ?