Known for his integrity and strong work ethic, Gutierrez oversees the entire spectrum of human resources activities for CBS Television Networks, including Showtime Networks, CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network, CBS News and CBS Entertainment. What does one of the most respected HR execs in the industry look for when making a hire? Character. “As Peter Schutz, the former CEO of Porsche, said, ‘Hire character. Train skills’,” he says. And while he sees “incremental progress” on the diversity front, he believes cable must continue to push the envelope and influence public thinking in an inclusive direction.

What’s the definition of diversity in 2014, and how can the cable industry do better in the area of inclusiveness?

The definition of diversity is ever-evolving. Just look at our world’s current events and the disconnect among diverse groups amidst shifting demographics. I see incremental progress on some fronts, but old mindsets still exist.  The cable industry has made great strides in its workforce and programming.  Our challenge is to continue to push the envelope and help influence public thinking in a positive, inclusive direction.

Who has been your strongest mentor, and why?

Although I can’t say I’ve had a mentor in the purest sense of the word, I have had some very good teachers and wise colleagues from whom I have learned a lot.  One influential teacher I had was a Benedictine Monk and college professor Father Winance. In the business world, the recently retired CEO of Zales Corporation, who was also my first HR Director at Macy’s, Theo Killion, was immensely helpful. I owe a debt of gratitude to the person who offered me the opportunity to join Showtime, Matt Blank, who’s also been a very supportive and wise boss.  As I once was told, the mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.  And that they did!

What qualities do you look for when making a new hire?

One of the top qualities I look for in a good hire is character… As Peter Schutz, the former CEO of Porsche, said, “Hire character. Train skills.”

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