Hania Poole, Turner Sports
In 2008, Hania Poole was eight months pregnant and standing in Matt Hong’s office, trying to get a job that she wasn’t qualified for. Poole tried her best to convince Hong to hire her as Turner Sports’ senior director of business operations.
Poole was a manager-level employee at the time and knew that she was underqualified for the position. Poole didn’t get that job, but she created such a good impression on Hong that when he had another opening in his department several months later, Poole was the first person he called.
“We made that connection and when the opportunity was right he brought me over,” Poole said. “That’s what launched what I consider my real career. That’s when my career started feeling like a career. I truly enjoy what I do and I feel like the opportunities and progression come naturally. I credit that to making that connection and taking a little bit of a risk by putting myself out there at that point.”
Earlier this summer, Turner Sports promoted Poole to one of the most visible positions in the company — running its B/R Live streaming service. Poole will continue to run NCAA Digital, which includes the uber-successful March Madness Live.
“Hania is a dynamic leader who is admired by her colleagues and industry peers for her business acumen, innovative thinking and relentless pursuit of excellence,” said Hong, who now is COO of Turner Sports. “Without exception, she places the consumer experience at the forefront of every digital product in her purview.”
— John Ourand