Cablefax The Magazine - April 2017 - 33

REGIONALS
Wayne Schattenkerk
CFO
Wave Broadband
Years in Cable: 16
Education: BS, Accounting,
University of Notre Dame; MBA,
University of Washington
One Word that Best Describes Me: Teamwork
Harold Zeitz
COO
Wave Broadband
Years in Cable: 3
Education: BA, Economics,
Northwestern University; MBA,
Stanford University
One Word that Best Describes Me: Curious
Weed, who founded Wave Broadband in 2003, is a big
proponent of Wave's agility in competing with more
entrenched, larger competitors such as CenturyLink and
Comcast that have to support far slower legacy technologies
on their networks. He's known for maintaining a
consistent team and as a leader who calmly surveys the
landscape before he directs his team to choose a path.
Knorr, Schattenkerk and newest Wave team member Zeitz
are tireless foot soldiers. With more than 190,000 miles of
fiber up and down the West Coast, Wave has grown into a
telecom leader with clients stretching from the Canadian
border to California. In January, Wave purchased Cascade
Networks, and Zeitz was a key part of the acquisition.
Schattenkerk Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry? The
pace of change and the opportunities that presents
How do you celebrate your birthday? With a cheese
pizza and a cold Heineken
How long is your morning commute? 20 minutes -
unless I ride my Harley in which case I might keep going
right past the office
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from your
childhood? " Speed Racer "
New favorite binge: " Billions "
GOAL KEEPER
Christine Whitaker
SVP, Keystone Region
Comcast Cable
Years in Cable: 23
Education: BS, Accounting,
George Mason University
One Word that Best
Describes Me: Courageous
Whitaker brings the intensity she had as a soccer player at
George Mason University to her position today at Comcast.
Under her leadership, the Keystone region in 2016 was
video positive for the first time in 13 years, a significant
achievement in a highly competitive era and area of Comcast's
Northeast Division. Her team exceeded budgeted
net add goals for all four lines of service and launched the
innovative Xfinity on Campus service to six colleges and
universities, including the University of Pittsburgh. Under
Whitaker's direction, the region continues to improve its
customer experience via employee focus and dedication.
Q&A
What product or service could you not live without?
Comcast's X1 platform. It's the simplicity of the voice
remote; live sports stats (especially when the Penguins
are winning the Stanley Cup!); the Netflix app; quick and
accurate searching of all choices; interactivity with my
voice and Xfinity Home products; and mobility advantage
of viewing content throughout my home and off-line. X1
has truly enhanced my TV world.
What are the top three qualities you look for in
a hire? Proven ability to attack challenges by setting
clear goals and then displaying and sustaining the drive
to execute plans for reaching them; proven ability to work
in a team setting and make meaningful contributions to
success; and willingness to continue learning and take
risks when necessary.
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