Kathleen Finch, Discovery

Years in Cable: 17

Education: Stanford University

One Word that Best Describes Me: Nimble

Finch oversees some of the biggest television brands, including Scripps’ consistent home run deliverers Food Network and HGTV. As 2016 continues, Finch and her team will continue to create high-quality programming for all six of Scripps’ domestic brands. In particular, they will place a major focus on building growth with the Travel Channel with shows like “Expedition Unknown,” “Booze Traveler” and “Bizarre Foods.” Theorizing that it’s the “mom” in her, Finch excels at building and nurturing those around her.

The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: The proliferation of great content and all the different ways to watch it

The technology that will most benefit cable over the next year is… a measurement system that accurately captures who is watching what, where and when.

My favorite newfound hobby: Traveling for fun as opposed to work

Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Driverless car — I can’t wait.

“Star Trek” celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. So if Mr. Spock’s motto is “Live Long and Prosper,” mine is… “Rack up as few regrets as possible”

My first job: An intern on the “Dr. Ruth Westheimer” show

Favorite vacation spot: The U.K. countryside

I watch the majority of programming on this device: A giant TV with surround sound.

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