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The Leaders
73. Tamara Franklin
SVP, Affiliate Operations
and New Media Development
Scripps Networks Interactive
Franklin's star has been on the rise
at Scripps, where she plays a pivotal
role in afiliate renewal successes. A
ierce negotiator and deal closer, she
ably works with multiple MSO partners while her role within
the company's distribution team has recently expanded to
include a greater focus on digital platforms. " I want to see
the cable industry become more diverse from the point of
diversity of experiences, " she says. " I believe that we remain
too insular. There are many useful perspectives that could
be extremely helpful if we were to seek individuals from
outside of our industry. "
74. David Harleston
EVP, Business and Legal Affairs
Current Media
Former music mogul Harleston
has been with Current since the
network launched in 2005 and has
overseen Current's business affairs
both in the U.S. and globally in its
operations in Italy, the U.K., Ireland and South Africa. " At
Current, we have always been of the view that great talent
comes from myriad places, and we embrace the unique
perspectives and experiences that our staff brings to the
company, " he says. " In that connection, our business
affairs group relects a richly diverse team-ethnically
and otherwise-whose skill and talent have made each
member a leader in the organization. "
75. Paul Richardson
SVP, Human Resources/
Chief Diversity Officer
ESPN
As a direct result of Richardson's visionary
leadership, ESPN and Disney
have achieved diversity objectives
across all parts of the company in
recruitment, development, compensation and training. " I am
a irm believer that collectively we are smarter than we are
individually, and that it is an important component of my job
to seek the total engagement of our workforce, " he says.
Most recently, Richardson turned his attention to another
sector through Heroes Work Here, an unprecedented initiative
to recruit and train U.S. veterans and encourage other
major corporations to do the same. He also led the development
of new promotion and pay analysis tools at ESPN and
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designed to help managers, human resources and executives
understand emerging industry trends.
76. Tina Simmons Waters
SVP, Human Performance,
National Customer Operations
Comcast Cable
Waters knows how to foster strong
relationships. And she must, as
overseer of employee initiatives for a
staggering 50K workers. Her efforts
upping employee job satisfaction and slashing attrition have
yielded a more productive and welcoming work environment.
Always one to speak her mind, she is a vocal supporter
and prominent member of several multicultural groups
dedicated to the promotion of workplace diversity. " Diversity
is important to cable's bottom line because we must relect
the customer base we serve in order to identify how best to
market, sell, and service them, " she says.
77. Lisa Williams-Fauntroy
SVP, Business Affairs
& Programming Legal
Discovery Communications
Williams-Fauntroy ensures Discovery's
programming makes it to
air by boosting the company over
legal hurdles. Content liability, libel,
defamation and copyright issues are all hers to handle.
When requesting assistance, she recommends a proactive
approach. " It's OK to ask for help, but bring something to
the table to contribute to the solution, " she says. WilliamsFauntroy
takes a place on the board of several diversitypromoting
organizations and recently advised Discovery on
a clothing drive beneiting low-income women.
78. Sunil Chadda
VP/CFO, Oxygen Media
NBCUniversal
Oxygen entrusts Chadda with safeguarding
the organization's broadening
inancial operations. Chadda
breathed fresh air into the network's
long-term strategy by helping expand
Oxygen's original programming by 50% in 2012. Early
in his career, Chadda was hesitant to share his opinions
during meetings out of respect to his superiors, until one
day a mentor encouraged him to speak up. " Your bosses
want to receive candid feedback as long as it's backed up
with actionable information and context, " he says.
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