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7. GOEI FOR IT
Dexter Goei
Chairman & CEO
Altice USA
Years in Cable & Telecom: 9
Education: Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
Goei started the year with a bang, with the market reacting positively to the decision to spin off Altice USA as
it removed the overhang of the European business. The momentum has continued with the rollout of the Altice
One box, which offers a modern user interface for video while also serving as a broadband modem, WiFi router
and home phone control center. And there's a lot of excitement over what Goei has planned for Altice USA's
Sprint MVNO. The MSO is not expected to launch wireless until next year, but with a full MVNO (compared to the
light MVNO that Comcast and Charter have with Verizon) it should have greater control of the customer experience. Goei, who is being feted by the Museum
of the Moving Image as a top leader in media this month, is seen as a cool-headed exec who will be on the lookout for M&A opportunities.
What's the best advice you've ever received from your parents?
They always drove me to get a great education and helped me to understand that nothing in life comes easy.
What is an area where media/telco could use improvement? The total customer experience across product, billing and service needs to be simplified.
As an industry, we need to put customers in more control of choosing what they want and giving them the tools to deliver on their needs.
What product or service could you not live without? My phone because talking to people is still hugely important, even when on the go. Yes, the smart phone
allows for lots of work efficiencies, but our world is still based on relationships. And being able to talk with someone one-on-one makes a big difference for me. ■
8. BATTER UP
Brian Sullivan
President & COO
Fox Networks Group
Years in Cable: 27
Education: Villanova
University
Promoted to COO of Fox
Networks Group in December,
Sullivan heads up revenue
and distribution for Fox
Broadcasting, FX Networks,
Fox Sports and National
Geographic Partners. It's an
interesting time to be in the
role, given the asset sale to
Disney. Or maybe Comcast
depending on which way
the wind is blowing. Despite
all the headlines and buzz,
Sullivan is tasked with getting the most revenue out of all those assets,
even those that will soon be part of another company. With a background
in digital and a past stint as CEO of Sky Deutschland, he is comfortable
adapting quickly to change. And he knows a thing or two about drumming
up support-Sullivan spent some time in high school and college
as legendary baseball mascot Phillie Phanatic!
The biggest innovation in media/broadband over the last year? Virtual
MVPDs (e.g Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Sling, etc.) I know they
started a few years ago, but 2017 is when they really gained traction-
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watching Nova all the way through the March Madness on Hulu Live was a
thing of beauty!!
If you wrote a " Black Mirror " episode, what dark side of technology
would you explore and why? The hacking and subsequent mass
broadcast of Ring Doorbell video cameras?
Favorite restaurant: Jim's Cheesesteaks on South Street in Philly
Best advice your mom or dad ever gave you? Never assume your priorities
are more important than those of the person across the table.
Worst advice your mom or dad ever gave you? Eat your lima beans;
they'll make you big and strong (they didn't).
If I ever get elected President, my first executive order will be to order a
recount.
An area where media/ broadband could use improvement? Child
content and device controls.
Your social media platform of choice? The stands at my son's football
games.
Bitcoin - pro or con? Pro, but with controls and regulation.
Favorite shortform content? My daughter's cooking videos (but not
necessarily eating the results).
What product or service could you not live without? NFL Game Pass (I
am a displaced but loyal Eagles fan).
What's the first thing you read in the morning? The Wall Street Journal
What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible packaging?
Encouraging - specifically the new virtual MVPDs - as they are
delivering a proper, modern, digital experience, with great content choice,
and an affordable price.
Last show I binged not on my network(s): Babylon Berlin
Favorite podcast: Analog(ue) - the human side of technology
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? Time
travel (backwards) ... my kids are growing up too fast!!! ■
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