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91. TECH TALK
John Schanz
Title: EVP & Chief Network Officer, Comcast Cable
Years in Cable: 10
Education: Bachelor's, Engineering in electrical
engineering, Manhattan College of Engineering
in Riverdale, N.Y
Favorite vacation spot: Any warm beach in
February
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Dinner
with family and friends, followed by " Saturday
Night Live "
Tony Werner
Title: EVP & CTO, Comcast Cable
Years in Cable: Nearly 40
Education: Dakota County Technical College,
Rosemount, MN
Schanz leads national engineering for network
and systems operations for Comcast's video,
Internet and voice services as well as the
Platform Services team-and the company's
technology is getting smarter as a result. He's
also leading the charge on advanced advertising
solutions. Werner handles Comcast's tech
strategy and evolving network architecture,
like next-gen consumer systems, network
integration and management tools. He's behind
the digital transition to X1 and the expansion
92. XFINITY AND BEYOND
Marcien Jenckes
Title: EVP, Consumer
Services, Comcast
Cable
Years in Cable: 5
Education: MBA,
Darden School at the
University of Virginia;
BA, economics and
political science, New
York University.
One Word that Best Describes Me:
Unconventional
Greg Butz
Title: EVP, Sales &
Marketing Operations,
Comcast Cable
Years in Cable: More
than 20
Education: MBA, Harvard
Graduate School
of Business
of Comcast's WiFi network. This year he's
focused on deploying DOCSIS 3.1-enabled
gigabit Internet.
John Schanz
My first job: Delivering high-quality rich media to
my neighborhood. (I was a paperboy).
" Star Trek? celebrates its 50th Anniversary
this year. So if Mr. Spock's motto is " Live
Long and Prosper, " mine is... Network smarter
not harder.
What excites you most about DOCSIS 3.1?
I'm personally looking forward to getting gigabit
speed to my home, and am excited to provide
our customers with even more speed choices.
Sam Schwartz
Title: Chief Business
Development Officer,
Comcast Cable
Years in Cable:
17 years
Education: MBA;
Wharton; University
of Pennsylvania
One Word that Best
Describes Me:
Entrepreneurial
As the consumer product head for Comcast
Cable, Jenckes guides the rollout of gigabit
speeds over fiber and coaxial cable and the
build out of the WiFi network. Butz heads up
consumer marketing for Xfinity TV, Internet,
voice and home, handling retention strategies
for the Xfinity products. Meanwhile, Schwartz
leads Comcast's strategic development group,
developing partnerships with innovative
companies and overseeing Comcast's venture
capital and Internet investments and acquisitions.
Tony
Werner
The biggest innovation in cable over the last
year: The X1 Voice Remote (I might be a tiny bit
biased). DOCSIS 3.1 is also a great step forward.
Favorite charity event you work with: I've
been so fortunate to work with my wife Laurel
to build the Kilimanjaro Technology Foundation
(www.kilitech.org).
My cable industry mentor and why: Ted
Rogers was a model of passion and drive. He
defined the word " entrepreneur. "
" Star Trek? celebrates its 50th Anniversary
this year. So if Mr. Spock's motto is " Live Long
and Prosper, " mine is... To Xfinity and beyond...
What excites you most about DOCSIS 3.1?
I've been excited about DOCSIS 3.1 since its
inception, but this year, we get to see the payoff
of bringing brand new gigabit service options to
our customers-all without a backhoe. ■
Marcien Jenckes
The biggest innovation in cable over the last
year: The launch of DOCSIS 3.1
Virtual reality is... not as good as real reality.
My first job: Short order cook.
" Star Trek? celebrates its 50th Anniversary
this year. So if Mr. Spock's motto is " Live Long
and Prosper, " mine is... Make a Difference
My Starbucks order: Cake in a cup.
Sam Schwartz
My first job: My first job was the front desk
clerk at the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone
National Park.
What should cable do to improve its image?
Make sure every customer knows about the
great things we are already doing
My cable industry mentor and why: Julian
Brodsky. He taught me that transparency is
the best practice. He also once said to me that
" everything good that ever happened in cable
started over red wine and red meat. "
My favorite newfound hobby: Drone flying
with my son.
Last show I watched not on my network(s):
" The Americans " ■
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