Steve Lacy is Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Meredith Corporation. Headquartered in Des Moines, with more than 20 locations across the United States, Meredith employs more than 3,500 people. Its national media group, with brands such as Better Homes and Gardens, Traditional Home, and Midwest Living, reaches 100 million American women each and every month. The local media group of Meredith consists of 12 television stations that reach 10 percent of U.S. households.
Lacy was born in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. A Certified Public Accountant, he earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Accounting from Kansas State University. Lacy joined Meredith in 1998 as CFO, and quickly rose to National Media Group President in 2000. He became President of the Company in 2004; CEO in 2006; and Chairman and CEO in 2010.
During his tenure, Meredith greatly expanded its media footprint by purchasing popular brands such as Parents, Allrecipes, Family Circle, Fitness, EveryDay with Rachael Ray, American Baby and FamilyFun. He also spearheaded the acquisition of digital marketing agencies that greatly enhanced the capabilities of Meredith Xcelerated Marketing, the company's global marketing services business.
The history of the community leadership roles Lacy has had is too extensive to list. Most notably, he chaired the Greater Des Moines Partnership in 2008-09, and led the 2011 United Way of Central Iowa campaign to record results of $25.1 million -- $1 million over the prior year. Currently, Lacy chairs the Des Moines Redevelopment Company; serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines; and Chairs the Bishop's Council for the Diocese of Des Moines. Industry leadership includes currently serving the Boards of The Advertising Council and The Association of Magazine Media. He is a past Chair of the Direct Marketing Association. He is also on the board of the Kansas State University Foundation.
Lacy has been honored by a number of awards, including the prestigious American Jewish Committee Human Relations Award, the Drake University Community Leadership Award. He has twice been recognized as the Advertising Age Publishing Executive of the Year.