Fox News – the controversial channel still embroiled in an ongoing sexual harassment suit – confirmed a major HR appointment earlier today, naming broadcasting veteran Kevin Lord as its latest executive addition.
Lord is currently the CHRO at TEGNA – a spinoff from media behemoth Gannett – and will join Fox in early 2017 as the head of HR.
Previously, the Washington-based exec has worked as the EVP of HR for NBC News, where he was instrumental in the ownership transition from GE to Comcast.
“Kevin is an extremely well-rounded executive who recognizes the essential role that human resources plays,” said Fox co-presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine. “His long and impressive track record will be a valuable addition to our management team.”
Lord praised his soon-to-be employer and said he was looking forward to rolling out some new initiatives across the organization.
“I have always admired the brand and look forward to building on its strong legacy as we attract, develop and retain the best employees in the industry,” he said. “I am also passionate about employee engagement and am eager to begin initiating strategic HR programs across all Fox News platforms.”
Lord’s hiring comes in the wake of last summer’s multiple sexual harassment allegations which led to the resignation of CEO Roger Ailes. A number of female employees claimed the founding chairman made unwanted physical advances and complained there was no way to report the behaviour without fear of reprisal.