Victoria D. Harker

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for TEGNA Inc.

Victoria D. Harker serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer for TEGNA Inc., formerly Gannett Co., Inc. She was named chief financial officer at Gannett in July of 2012. Victoria is responsible for all of TEGNA’s financial functions and operations.

Before joining Gannett, Harker served as CFO and president of global business services of the AES Corporation, a multinational power company with consolidated 2012 revenues of $17 billion and assets of $45 billion operating in 28 countries. She joined AES in 2006, where she successfully led the re-engineering of the company’s capital structure through over $3B in M&A, as well as $ 2B in debt restructuring, allowing the company to initiate its first-ever dividend in 2011 while significantly expanding its utility operations within the U.S. and overseas. While at AES, Victoria managed the finance and business services operations worldwide, including information technology, sourcing, risk, and trading operations.

Before joining AES, Victoria was Acting CFO and Treasurer of MCI from November 2002 through January 2006, and served as CFO of MCI Group from 1998 to 2002. Victoria also held several positions at MCI within the consumer and small business divisions in finance, information technology, and operations between 1990 and 1998.

Victoria serves as Chair of the Finance and Compensation Committees of the Board of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), the $10 billion ship and submarine builder for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. She also serves as Chair of the Audit Committee as well as a member of the Governance and Compensation Committee of the Board of Xylem, Inc. (formally ITT), a $6 billion global water infrastructure company. She previously served from 2009 through 2014 on the Board of Darden Restaurants, Inc. (DRI), the $12 billion parent of the Capital Grille, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Seasons 52, Long Horn, and Bahama Breeze casual dining restaurants, where she was Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance Committee.

Victoria was appointed to the UVA Board of Visitors from 2012 - 2016, where she chaired the Finance Committee and was a member of the Executive Committee as well as the Special Committee on Governance the Committee on the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and most recently, the Presidential Search Committee. She also previously served as the Chairman of the University of Virginia’s Alumni Association Board of Managers. She is a trustee of UVA’s Batten School of Leadership, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Jefferson Trust. In keeping with her focus in the importance of higher education, Victoria recently was appointed to the Board of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and contributes to the Board of Virginia Business of Higher Education Council.

Victoria received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a concentration in Economics, from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from American University. A two-time ironman triathlete, marathon runner and long distance swimmer, she lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and three sons.