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37. MEET DAVE
39. TIME ON
THEIR SIDE
Dave Scott
Title: EVP/CFO, Comcast Cable
Education: Cleveland State
Dave Watson
Title: EVP/COO, Comcast Cable
Education: University of Richmond
Why Them? Scott and Watson lead finance and operations for
Comcast Cable, balancing financial stability and long-term planning
with the development of new products and services and an ongoing
commitment to customer service enhancements. After the acquisition of
NBCU, approximately 80% of Comcast's operating cash flow and 65%
of its revenue comes from cable distribution. Watson, a former Vanguard
winner in marketing, and Scott, a former regional VP, have overseen
strong growth across video, HSD, voice and business services. The work
ahead of them includes drilling down further to improve the customer
experience-an important mission to help Comcast climb the ranks of
those video customer satisfaction surveys from J.D. Power.
38. STEADY AS SHE GOES
Irene Esteves
Title: EVP/CFO, Time Warner Cable
Number of Years in Cable: 2
Education: BBA, University of Michigan; MBA, Northwestern
University Kellogg School
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Work hard. Play harder.
Why her? Through a brutal and often disheartening economic climate,
TWC shareholders have found much to rejoice about. Revenues rose
9.2% during Q3, and much credit goes to Esteves. She served as the
ever-present vanguard for investors, and her tenacity and key market
insight has delivered admirable returns time and time again. When
markets seem uncertain, it's nice to have someone you can count on.
Early bird or night owl? Early bird.
Favorite fictional character? Dr. Temperance Brennan
The potato chip flavor that needs to be invented... Truffle (i.e.,
Truffle Ruffles...)
I'd give up my cell phone for a week if... Everyone would give
up theirs.
My trick for keeping my email inbox from filling up? Delete,
delete, delete, unsubscribe, spam blocker, delete.
Bands I would actually go see live: Susan Tedeschi Trucks
Band; Tower of Power
My favorite business and/or motivational book: The Fountainhead
My favorite vacation spot: Home
My guilty television pleasure is: " Diners, Drive-ins and Dives "
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Joan Gillman
Title: EVP, Time
Warner Cable;
President, TWC
Media
Years in cable: 7+
Education:
MA, GWU and BA, Holy Cross
Best Advice: Don't be afraid to swim
upstream (from Madman Grandfather
when I was 17).
Melinda Witmer
Title: EVP/Chief
Video & Content
Officer, Time Warner
Cable
Number of Years
in Cable: 18
Education: University of Pennsylvania
Law School; University of Arizona
Why Them? Gillman and Witmer
handle ad sales and carriage negotiations,
respectively. But this year, they've
also joined forces for the rollout of two
regional sports networks: TWC Sportsnet
and TWC Deportes. Both Southern California
networks broadcast the region's
mega sporting events featuring the LA
Galaxy, Los Angeles Sparks, WCC teams
and the Howard-and-Nash-enhanced
Los Angeles Lakers. TWC Deportes will
cater to the region's sports obsessed
Spanish-speaking fans, providing
pre- and post-game shows alongside
a weekly Lakers segment. For Gillman,
this means broadened, multi-cultural ad
opportunities, while Witmer is charged
with negotiating carriage for the nets to
appease LA's rapid hunger for sport. Not
a bad way to cap-off 2012.
Gillman
Early bird or night owl? Used to be a
night owl; now definitely an early bird.
Biggest innovation in Cable? TWC's
launch of the first solar powered WiFi
hotspots on the beaches in LA.
December 2012
Favorite vacation spot: Bareboat
sailing in the British Virgin Islands.
Favorite iPad app: Pandora
This incident from my youth taught
me an important lesson: As a product
of diverse inner city public schools, I
learned a lot. First, be your own advocate
and figure it out yourself. The system
is too busy with others to do it for you.
Second, listen and be open to the different
experiences of others-it will enrich
you. It helped me to ask two of the state
champ basketball players to give me a
few pointers on shooting hoops in gym.
In turn, they asked me to help teach
them to swim. Third, say yes to starring
in the plays and you will quickly realize
you can manage stage fright. And, last
but not least, pay attention at all times to
avoid getting caught in the crossfire of
flying ice balls.
Witmer
Early bird or night owl? Both
" The Voice " coach I'd like to work
with is... Probably Blake. Country has
a long history of telling stories, sense
of humor and strong women.
The one thing I'd do differently if I
could go back to high school: Wear
sunscreen (boring, I know).
My trick for keeping my email
inbox from filling up? I am a serious
contender for the Guinness Book record
holder for piled up inbox, so wrong
person to ask!
Why isn't TV Everywhere... everywhere
yet? Something about tigers
and stripes, or was it old dogs and
new tricks?
The one thing I tell my kids about
success in life: Enjoy it when you have
it. Don't envy others when you don't. If
you work hard, it is a recurring theme.
What goes around comes around.
Worst thing I've ever heard someone
say in a meeting: " Just raise
your prices if you don't like our rates. "
Bands I would actually go see
live: Pink
My guilty television pleasure
is... My DVR
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