Who Are MFM’s 2019 ‘People To Watch’?


The Media Financial Management Association (MFM) has formally unveiled its 2019 “People to Watch” honorees.

For the first time, it is an all-female group.

Selected by the editorial board of The Financial Manager (TFM) Magazine, MFM’s People to Watch are being recognized as financial leaders who will be instrumental in creating change within their organizations and the media industry at large in the coming year.

They are:

  • Ilene Cook, comptroller and director of financial accounting, The Washington Post
  • Veronica Landers, director of credit collections, Meredith Local Media Group
  • Rebecca Riegelsberger, vice president of tax, The E.W. Scripps
  • Jessica Westby, assistant controller, technology operations, G&A joint ventures and investments, Turner
  • Shereta Williams, president, Videa

“This year’s People to Watch illustrate leaders who understand how all facets of their business operations work and how their own departments or job functions intersect with the business as a whole,” said Mary M. Collins, President/CEO of MFM and BCCA, the media industry’s credit association. “They are also regarded for knowing the right questions to ask, communicating effectively, being sticklers about getting the job done properly and seeking advice from industry and career mentors. These traits can help anyone make a difference within their organization in the coming year.”

Added Collins, “We thank the members of the TFM editorial board for their time and effort in reviewing this year’s candidates and TFM editor Janet Stilson, for effectively capturing what makes each of these individuals truly exemplary.”

Stilson has held editorial positions at several of the industry’s leading trade publications over the past 25 years and continues to publish her analysis of industry developments for several trade journals and national publications.

The Financial Manager, the official publication of the MFM, is published six times annually.