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Oct 04, 2018

Tegna looks in-house for next top lawyer

Akin Harrison currently associate general counsel and secretary at the media company

Tegna is promoting Akin Harrison to senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for the media company.

In his new position, Harrison will lead Tegna’s legal department and serve as a member of the company’s leadership team following the retirement of Todd Mayman, executive vice president and chief legal and administrative officer. Mayman plans to retire early next year, according to the company.

Harrison has served in roles of increasing responsibility within Tegna’s legal department since joining the company as assistant general counsel in 2003. At present, he is senior vice president, associate general counsel and secretary and provides advice and support to Tegna’s leadership team and board of directors on issues such as M&A, securities law and corporate governance.

Before joining Tegna, Harrison was a corporate attorney in private practice in New York and Washington, DC, advising Fortune 500 companies, venture capital firms and early-stage companies in M&A, venture capital financings and corporate lending transactions.

Tegna operates 47 television stations and two radio stations in 39 US markets.

‘Akin has been instrumental to our legal department since he joined the company. He helped lead our acquisition of KFMB in San Diego earlier this year and is currently guiding us through our proposed acquisitions of WTOL in Toledo, Ohio and KWES in Odessa-Midland, Texas,’ says Tegna CEO and president Dave Lougee in a statement.

‘I also want to thank Todd for an exceptional 25-year career at Tegna. He’s been at the center of our most significant milestones during his tenure and has been a thoughtful and valued counselor to me. I wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement.’

Ben Maiden

Ben Maiden is the editor-at-large of Governance Intelligence, an IR Media publication, having joined the company in December 2016. He is based in New York. Ben was previously managing editor of Compliance Reporter, covering regulatory and compliance...