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THE TOP10
1. FINE-TUNED
QUARTET
Steve Burke
CEO
NBCUniversal
EVP
Comcast
Education: MBA, Colgate University;
Harvard Business School
Michael Cavanagh
Senior EVP & CFO
Comcast
Years in Cable: 2
Education: BA, Yale University; JD,
University of Chicago
Neil Smit
Vice Chairman
Comcast
Education: Master's, Duke University;
Tufts University's Fletcher
School
Dave Watson
President & CEO
Comcast Cable
Comcast switched up its leadership
this month, naming Watson president
and CEO of Comcast Cable
2. CHARTERING GROWTH
Tom Rutledge
President & CEO
Charter Communications
Years in Cable: 40
Education: California University in California, PA
The past year has been one of the newsiest of Rutledge's career, and that's saying a
lot given his accomplishments. Charter last May closed a deal to acquire Time Warner
Cable and Bright House, becoming the No. 2 cable operator in the US. Rutledge
saw his compensation skyrocket to $98.5 million in 2016, up from $16.4 million
in 2015, according to an SEC filing, the most of any U.S.-based CEO. Stamford,
CT-based Charter now serves 25 million households in 41 states and Rutledge is
eyeing more growth by rolling out 5G and other technology, sensing more opportunity
given the regulatory climate in the President Trump era. " Having a more stable
regulatory environment can't be anything but good, " he said at February's Deutsche
Bank Media & Telecom Conference. In March, he met with Trump and announced
a $25 million investment in broadband infrastructure and technology over the next
four years. Additionally, the MSO is moving all of the former TWC call centers from
offshore to the US. ■
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as Smit transitions to vice chairman of
Comcast. What remains the same is this
foursome's commitment to the company,
and customers, they serve. Watson now
officially oversees all operational aspects
of Comcast Cable, including customer
growth targets on a base that, as of Q3
2016, consists of 22.4 million video
customers, 24.3 million high-speed
Internet customers and 11.6 million
voice customers. In addition to handling
the corporation's financial matters,
Cavanagh oversees strategic planning
and corporate development-including
last year's $3.8 billion acquisition
of DreamWorks Animation. Smit has
strived to deliver fast, new technology
including X1, Cloud DVR and DOCSIS
3.1, to Comcast subscribers, which led
to one of the company's most impressive
quarters of the past decade. At NBCU,
Burke's programming strategies for the
2016 Summer Olympics lifted NBC and
NBC Sports to the top of the broadcast
and cable ratings throughout the duration
of the Games. Add in the success
of DreamWorks' animated feature " The
Secret Life of Pets " and a banner year
for NBCU's theme parks, and this team
has had an unbeatable year. ■
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