BBC exec joins HSN, Inc. board

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Interactive multichannel retailer HSNi has appointed BBC executive Ann Sarnoff to its board of directors.

Sarnoff will also serve on HSNi’s Compensation and Human Resources Committee. Her appointment expands the number of board members to ten.

Sarnoff has been COO of BBC Worldwide Americas since 2010, and is responsible for the company's North American businesses. Prior to joining the BBC, Sarnoff was president of Dow Jones Ventures and SVP of strategy for Dow Jones & Company. She also served for two years as COO of the Women's National Basketball Association and spent ten years at Viacom Inc., where she ultimately became COO for VH1 and Country Music Television.

"We are extremely pleased that Ann will join our board and leverage nearly 20 years of extensive business experience in media and entertainment," said HSNi chairman and former Sears CEO Arthur Martinez. "Ann's expertise in developing and growing businesses and brands, in addition to her proven success as a highly accomplished leader, makes her a valuable addition to our board."

"I look forward to working with Ann and leveraging her unique experiences to assist us in executing against our strategic growth initiatives of creating immersive experiences, offering differentiated products and leveraging technology to build relationships, not just transactions," stated Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSNi.

Sarnoff is a member of the executive advisory board of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown and is a member of the boards of Women's Forum of New York and the Harvard Business School Women's Association of New York. She earned a bachelor of science from Georgetown University and a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School. She was named one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable in 2011 and 2012 by CableFAX Magazine.