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REGIONALS
I think these are crucial; people can be taught anything.
These make you successful. And always...have fun.
What does the future look like for skinny bundles
and flexible packaging? Obviously, we're a big fan
here at Cincinnati Bell... I think the " change " I referenced
earlier makes skinny bundles part of the future. The way
our younger generations consume content and the type
of content they consume is completely different from 10
years ago. This will continue to be the case and force
change, which is desperately needed.
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Just being with
my wife and friends, typically somewhere in downtown
Cincinnati.
CABLE PATRIOTS
Robert Ormberg
VP, Cable Programming
GCI
Years in Cable: 32
Education: BA, Communications
& Business
One Word that Best Describes
Me: Persistent
Tina Pidgeon
General Counsel, Chief
Compliance Officer &
SVP, President Governmental
Affairs
GCI
Years in Cable: 22
Education: BA, Government
Affairs and International Studies, University of Notre
Dame; JD, University of Virginia
One Word that Best Describes Me: Determined
GCI is thriving under the watch of these two industry
veterans. So much so it attracted Liberty's attention,
which expects to close on its acquisition by early next
year. Ormberg during the past year led the rebranding
and relaunch of GCI's local events channel as Channel
907-live, local, and exclusively GCI. The channel is now
programmed 24/7 instead of around key events. Pidgeon
is the strategic leader for legal, regulatory, compliance,
and policy initiatives across the company. She plays
an instrumental role in GCI's growth and development
by guiding the company's strategy and negotiations on
business ventures, leads a department that is responsible
for the formulation and implementation of the company's
legal, regulatory, and advocacy efforts, and manages all
contract negotiations and dispute resolutions.
Ormberg Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry? I like
the change. It presents new opportunities and challenges
to overcome so the job is never boring.
The best thing about fast broadband is ... Instant
gratification. No more waiting for the hourglass to quit
spinning.
Which TV family is most like your own? " The
Jetsons "
How do you celebrate your birthday? A home
cooked meal with my family.
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How long is your morning commute? It's 20 minutes
with two stop lights, but in the winter it can resemble a
combination slalom run and demolition derby as I dodge
moose, cars in the ditch and lots of snow.
Pidgeon Q&A
The best thing about fast broadband is... endless
creativity.
What are the top three qualities you look for in a
hire? Innovative, independent, initiative.
What product or service could you not live without?
My Blackberry!
How long is your morning commute? About 15 minutes.
(Everything in Anchorage is about 15 minutes away.)
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from your
childhood? " Scooby Doo. "
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Trying a new
restaurant.
New favorite binge: British crime drama " Happy Valley. "
THE ENGLISH CHANNEL
Michael Parker
SVP, Western New
England Region
Comcast Cable
Years in Cable: 16
Education: BA, Sociology,
Lake Forest College; JD,
University of Miami School
of Law; MBA, Northwestern
University, Kellogg School
of Management; graduate
of Officer Candidates
School in Quantico, Virginia, and attained the rank of First
Lieutenant during his service with the U.S. Marine Corps
Reserve.
One Word that Best Describes Me: Focused.
Parker brings a unique background and perspective to his
role that separates him from his peers. He's an attorney
who previously served in the Illinois Attorney General's
Office and is also a graduate of the Officer Candidates
School in Quantico. A former college athlete who has also
worked in many different areas of the business, Parker
also has holistic knowledge of the cable industry. These
eclectic experiences influence his style: he is simultaneously
collaborative and ultra-competitive and likes to challenge
those he works with to push things to new levels.
Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry? The
pace at which we innovate and adapt. I remember when
all our industry sold was Cable TV and premium channels.
We are now providing customers with integrated TV,
internet, phone, and home security & automation.
The best thing about fast broadband is... that it's your
window to the world. It allows you to communicate, play,
learn and interact with more devices in a meaningful way.
What are the top three qualities you look for in a
hire? High energy, intellectual curiosity and commitment
to teamwork.
MR. PETERSEN GOES TO
WASHINGTON
Andrew " Drew " Petersen
VP, External Affairs & Corporate
Communications
TDS
Years in Cable: 4
Education: MBA, University of
Wisconsin-Madison
One Word that Best Describes Me: Driven
Petersen excels at connecting the dots in Washington,
D.C., taking complex issues and helping even the least
knowledgeable person on a subject understand it.
Recently, he was named to the ACA board of directors,
where he's helping other board members understand
the traditional telecommunications space. As the year
continues, Petersen will continue to help shepherd new
acquisitions through the regulatory environment D.C.
Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry? Providing
broadband services is a societal equalizer improving
economic development and commerce, educational
progress and public safety benefits in rural and suburban
America. We also provide thousands of family supporting
jobs across our service footprint.
The best thing about fast broadband is... Broadband
is the most legally addictive product a company can
sell. Our customers thirst for a high-speed, reliable and
cost-effective internet solution and we provide the most
superior product offering in all of our chosen markets.
Three years from now, what do you hope has
been invented? Retransmission consent reform!
BOSTON MARATHONER
Tracy Pitcher
Regional SVP, Greater Boston
Comcast Cable
Years in Cable: 19
Education: BA, Purdue
University
One Word that Best
Describes Me: Resilient
During Pitcher's tenure, more than half of the customers in
the Greater Boston Region have subscribed to Comcast's
premiere product, the X1 entertainment operating system.
She has also been a strong leader as the organization
manages through Comcast's multiyear effort to transform
the customer experience. Her high energy level, sincerity,
intelligence, and approachability not only make Pitcher a
great leader, but a standout in virtually any situation inside
or outside the business.
Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry? The
pace of change driven by product and service innovation
as well as competition. This environment keeps you on
your toes, thirsty to learn, and pushes you to challenge
yourself in new ways.
What are the top three qualities you look for in a
hire? Energy and enthusiasm, curiosity, and an ability to
communicate
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