Ralph Beidelman is the Senior Vice President of Total Rewards at Discovery Communications located outside Washington, DC in Silver Spring Maryland. Discovery Communications is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching dedicated to satisfying curiosity in 223 countries and territories through 162 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery. Ralph has been with Discovery for seven years overseeing global compensation, benefits and HRIS including equity design and administration. Ralph worked extensively with Compensation Committee and Management on designing equity programs and incentive programs that reward both individual and company performance to attract and retain top talent. He has lead efforts in the past several years to introduce share plans, improve the performance review process, and insure bonus programs align them with business goals and objectives. He has been extensively involved in Discovery's M&A/JV activities in coordinating compensation design and HR system integrations.
Prior to joining Discovery he worked in HR leadership roles in the technology industry (Tellabs), retail (Eddie Bauer and Spiegel), manufacturing (Zenith Electronics), and financial services (Aon). Prior to starting his business career he served in the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa. He lives in Maryland with his family and is an avid triathlete, kite boarder and sailor.