Welcome!

News Feed Item

Women in Cable Telecommunications Announces 2013 Board of Directors

Mary Meduski, Suddenlink Communications to chair the board through 2014;
Kathy Payne, Cox Communications, to serve as Immediate Past Chair

New Directors-at-Large include:
Marc Aldrich (Cisco), Jennifer Hightower (Cox), Barbara Linebarger (Turner), Susanne McAvoy (Crown Media) and Jacquelyn Smith (Comcast)

CHANTILLY, Va., Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the members of the 2013 WICT Board of Directors. Mary Meduski, EVP & CFO, Suddenlink Communications, was elected to serve a two-year term as Chair. Kathy Payne, Vice President, Content Acquisition, Cox Communications, who served as Chair for two years, will move to a one-year term as Immediate Past Chair.

WICT also announced that incumbent board member Marva Johnson, Corporate VP, Government & Industry Affairs, Bright House Networks, was moved up to the Board's Executive Committee and will serve as Chapter Development Chair, while three additional individuals will join the board for the first time in 2013 as Directors-at-Large. They are: Marc Aldrich, VP, US Cable Segment, Cisco; Jennifer Hightower, SVP, Law & Policy, Cox Communications; and Susanne McAvoy, EVP, Marketing & Creative Services, Crown Media Family Networks. In addition, Barbara Linebarger, VP, Network Partnerships with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., will serve in a one-year Director-at-Large role as Chapter Leader Designee, and Jacquelyn Smith, Director, Software Platform & Engineering with Comcast, will serve as the Emerging Leader Designee. The WICT Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences representing various disciplines of the industry. A full listing of the board appears below.

"The WICT Board of Directors is a talented and diverse group of leaders who uniquely reflect the dynamics of our industry," said Mary Meduski, 2013 Board Chair. "Their influence and expertise will be invaluable as WICT works toward a more equitable future for women in cable telecommunications."

Mary Meduski joined Suddenlink Communications in 2006 as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, she helps set Suddenlink's strategic direction, raises capital to support the company's growth objectives, and oversees its accounting, tax, treasury, financial reporting, risk management, programming and information technology functions. Ms. Meduski served as vice chair on the 2012 WICT Board of Directors and as treasurer in 2009 and 2010, and she is a member of the WICT Midwest and New York Chapters. She also supports the Greater Texas Chapter. She has been named to CableFAX's list of "Most Powerful Women in Cable" in each of the last seven years, and was recently named a Multichannel News Wonder Woman, Class of 2012.

Kathy Payne joined Cox Communications in 1993 and is presently responsible for video content negotiations for cable networks and other video content distributed across multiple platforms to millions of Cox customers. She is a graduate of Class 10 of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, WICT's premier executive leadership program, and has been a member of the WICT Board of Directors since 2007, serving as chair in 2011 and 2012. She has also been actively involved with the WICT Southeast chapter for many years. Multichannel News and the WICT New York Chapter honored Payne as one of the 2009 Wonder Women, and she has been included on CableFAX's "Most Powerful Women in Cable" list six times since 2006.

Marc Aldrich has served as the area vice president for the US Cable Segment at Cisco for more than three years. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing strategic relationships across all aspects of Cisco's cable customers' businesses, as well as positioning Cisco as a trusted business partner to the cable industry.

Jennifer Hightower serves as senior vice president of law and policy at Cox Communications, and in this role she oversees Cox's compliance, legal operations, litigation, regulatory and corporate government affairs teams. She is a graduate of Betsy Magness Leadership Institute Class 16 and, in 2012, she was the recipient of WICT's Woman to Watch Award.

Barbara Linebarger is vice president of network partnerships for U.S. Network Operations at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.). She is responsible for the strategic partnership with Peachtree TV and the TBS, Inc. animation networks Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim. She currently serves as a Past President on the WICT Southeast Board of Directors and is a member of the prestigious Betsy Magness Leadership Class 27.

Susanne McAvoy is the executive vice president of marketing and creative services for Crown Media Family Networks. In this role, McAvoy oversees all facets of marketing and branding for the channels. McAvoy is an active member of WICT and is currently serving her seventh year as a board member for the New York Chapter.

Jacquelyn Smith is the director of software platform and engineering for Comcast. Her responsibilities include managing the Development Engineering & Application Administrations team, the implementation and management of enterprise support tools and financial management of the application systems. She currently serves as the 2012-2013 Co-Chair for Special Events for the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of WICT.

2013 WICT Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Chair: Mary Meduski, EVP & CFO, Suddenlink Communications
Immediate Past Chair: Kathy Payne, VP, Content Acquisition, Cox Communications
Treasurer: Kim Martin, President and GM, WE tv
Chapter Development Chair: Marva Johnson, Corporate VP, Government & Industry Affairs, Bright House Networks
Strategic Planning Chair: Martha Soehren, SVP and Chief Learning Officer, Comcast University and Comcast Cable
Development Chair: Gail MacKinnon, EVP & Chief Government Relations Officer, Time Warner Cable
Governance Chair: Sean Bratches, EVP, Sales and Marketing, ESPN
President and CEO: Maria E. Brennan, CAE, Women in Cable Telecommunications

Directors-at-Large

Marc Aldrich, VP, US Cable Segment, Cisco
Sherita Ceasar, VP, National Video Deployment Engineering, Comcast
Lori Conkling, EVP, Distribution, National Accounts, Field Sales & Canada, A+E Networks
Jocelyn Cooley, SVP, Human Resources & Talent Management, BET Networks
Samantha Cooper, SVP, Content Distribution & Marketing, MTV Networks
Joan Gillman, EVP, Time Warner Cable and President, Time Warner Cable Media
Rebecca Glashow, SVP, Digital Media Distribution, Discovery Communications
Melani Griffith, SVP, Programming & Video Services, Insight Communications
Jennifer Hightower, SVP, Law & Policy, Cox Communications
Sandy Howe, SVP, Strategic Market Development, ARRIS
Barbara Linebarger, VP, Network Partnerships, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Susanne McAvoy, EVP, Marketing & Creative Services, Crown Media Family Networks
Chris Powell, EVP, Human Resources, Scripps Networks Interactive
Shirley Powell, EVP, Corporate Communications, The Weather Channel
Kelly Regal, Executive Vice President, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Michelle Rice, EVP, Affiliate Sales & Marketing, TV One
Jacquelyn Smith, Director, Software Platform & Engineering, Comcast
Gemma Toner, Senior Vice President, Cablevision
Dana Zimmer, EVP, TV Networks Distribution, NBCUniversal

About WICT
For over thirty years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research and services that help advance women in cable media. With nearly 10,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast/NBCUniversal, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Suddenlink Communications are WICT's Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.

WICT Contact: Talton Gibson
703.234.9812
[email protected]

SOURCE Women in Cable Telecommunications

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Enterprise architects are increasingly adopting multi-cloud strategies as they seek to utilize existing data center assets, leverage the advantages of cloud computing and avoid cloud vendor lock-in. This requires a globally aware traffic management strategy that can monitor infrastructure health across data centers and end-user experience globally, while responding to control changes and system specification at the speed of today’s DevOps teams. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Gray, Chie...
Consumers increasingly expect their electronic "things" to be connected to smart phones, tablets and the Internet. When that thing happens to be a medical device, the risks and benefits of connectivity must be carefully weighed. Once the decision is made that connecting the device is beneficial, medical device manufacturers must design their products to maintain patient safety and prevent compromised personal health information in the face of cybersecurity threats. In his session at @ThingsExpo...
All organizations that did not originate this moment have a pre-existing culture as well as legacy technology and processes that can be more or less amenable to DevOps implementation. That organizational culture is influenced by the personalities and management styles of Executive Management, the wider culture in which the organization is situated, and the personalities of key team members at all levels of the organization. This culture and entrenched interests usually throw a wrench in the work...
"We're a cybersecurity firm that specializes in engineering security solutions both at the software and hardware level. Security cannot be an after-the-fact afterthought, which is what it's become," stated Richard Blech, Chief Executive Officer at Secure Channels, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Mike Johnston, an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io, discussed how to use Kubernetes to set up a SaaS infrastructure for your business. Mike Johnston is an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io with over 12 years of experience designing, deploying, and maintaining server and workstation infrastructure at all scales. He has experience with brick and mortar data centers as well as cloud providers like Digital Ocean, Amazon Web Services, and Rackspace. H...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Massive Networks will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Massive Networks mission is simple. To help your business operate seamlessly with fast, reliable, and secure internet and network solutions. Improve your customer's experience with outstanding connections to your cloud.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SkyScale will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. SkyScale is a world-class provider of cloud-based, ultra-fast multi-GPU hardware platforms for lease to customers desiring the fastest performance available as a service anywhere in the world. SkyScale builds, configures, and manages dedicated systems strategically located in maximum-security...
DevOps is under attack because developers don’t want to mess with infrastructure. They will happily own their code into production, but want to use platforms instead of raw automation. That’s changing the landscape that we understand as DevOps with both architecture concepts (CloudNative) and process redefinition (SRE). Rob Hirschfeld’s recent work in Kubernetes operations has led to the conclusion that containers and related platforms have changed the way we should be thinking about DevOps and...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Grape Up will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct. 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Grape Up is a software company specializing in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market across the U.S. and Europe, Grape Up works with a variety of customers from emergi...
Detecting internal user threats in the Big Data eco-system is challenging and cumbersome. Many organizations monitor internal usage of the Big Data eco-system using a set of alerts. This is not a scalable process given the increase in the number of alerts with the accelerating growth in data volume and user base. Organizations are increasingly leveraging machine learning to monitor only those data elements that are sensitive and critical, autonomously establish monitoring policies, and to detect...
Everything run by electricity will eventually be connected to the Internet. Get ahead of the Internet of Things revolution and join Akvelon expert and IoT industry leader, Sergey Grebnov, in his session at @ThingsExpo, for an educational dive into the world of managing your home, workplace and all the devices they contain with the power of machine-based AI and intelligent Bot services for a completely streamlined experience.
Because IoT devices are deployed in mission-critical environments more than ever before, it’s increasingly imperative they be truly smart. IoT sensors simply stockpiling data isn’t useful. IoT must be artificially and naturally intelligent in order to provide more value In his session at @ThingsExpo, John Crupi, Vice President and Engineering System Architect at Greenwave Systems, will discuss how IoT artificial intelligence (AI) can be carried out via edge analytics and machine learning techn...
FinTechs use the cloud to operate at the speed and scale of digital financial activity, but are often hindered by the complexity of managing security and compliance in the cloud. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Sesh Murthy, co-founder and CTO of Cloud Raxak, showed how proactive and automated cloud security enables FinTechs to leverage the cloud to achieve their business goals. Through business-driven cloud security, FinTechs can speed time-to-market, diminish risk and costs, maintain continu...
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be...