Click here to close now.


News Feed Item

WICT Announces 2014 Woman of the Year and Women to Watch Honorees

Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today named Christine Driessen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, ESPN, as the 2014 recipient of its highest individual accolade Woman of the Year. WICT also announced the esteemed 2014 Woman to Watch honorees: Jennifer Mirgorod, Executive Vice President of Brand Distribution for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (Programmer) and Deborah Picciolo, Senior Vice President of Technical Operations, Residential Services for Time Warner Cable, Inc. (Operator). The awards will be presented during the WICT Touchstones Luncheon on September 15 at the New York Marriott Marquis, in conjunction with the annual WICT Leadership Conference and during Cable's Diversity Week. The WICT Touchstones Luncheon is sponsored by AMC Networks.

"WICT is proud to honor these three highly accomplished professionals," said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, WICT. "Each honoree exemplifies the WICT Touchstones of Leadership, and as we celebrate their outstanding achievements, we encourage others to emulate their success."

The Woman of the Year award is bestowed on a woman who has made increasingly significant contributions throughout her career to her company and the overall cable telecommunications industry. She is at the top and shows great resolve to help others along their path.

The Woman to Watch award is bestowed on women who show tremendous promise for transforming the industry through their professional accomplishments. They have already demonstrated exemplary leadership skills as well as a strong dedication to the industry and their organizations.

About Christine Driessen
Christine Driessen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for ESPN, is responsible for overseeing all of the company's financial operations worldwide and serving as financial advisor on strategic planning for all acquisitions, new business ventures, programming initiatives and distribution agreements. Driessen's strong business acumen has most recently played a key role in the company's major multimedia programming rights deals, including an historic 20-year agreement with the SEC to create and operate a multiplatform network. Driessen has been instrumental in the launches of ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3 and espnW as well as negotiating agreements for ESPN's foreign investments. Driessen joined ESPN in August 1985.

Driessen has received many honors and awards throughout her career. Most recently, she was honored by Women in Sports and Events (WISE) with its 2014 "Women of Distinction" award and ranked #3 by Sports Illustrated in its 2013 "10 Most Influential Women in Sports." She has been consistently recognized by Cablefax Magazine as one of the "Cablefax 100" and one of the industry's "Most Powerful Women in Cable." Driessen was also named a "Wonder Woman" by Multichannel News in 2006. In addition, she was named to BusinessWeek's "Power 100" in 2008.

Driessen is a member of the ESPN Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Women's Sports Foundation.

About Jennifer Mirgorod
Jennifer Mirgorod is Executive Vice President of Brand Distribution for Turner Network Sales (TNS), the distribution division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. She oversees the account management team in developing strategic content distribution and marketing initiatives for Turner's news and entertainment networks to serve distribution partners throughout the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She is part of the team responsible for deal renewal strategy for TNS, as well as expanding linear content distribution opportunities. Additionally, Mirgorod oversees the affiliate marketing department and Turner Private Networks. A seasoned cable veteran, Mirgorod joined TNS in 2003 from Turner Entertainment Networks in Hong Kong.

Mirgorod is a former board member of the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Southeast Chapter, was a member of Class XVII of WICT's Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, participated in the inaugural class of the WICT Senior Executive Summit at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2013, and is a graduate of CTAM University.

About Deborah Picciolo
Deborah Picciolo has more than 25 years of experience in the cable and telecommunications industry. She became Senior Vice President of Technical Operations, Residential Services for Time Warner Cable (TWC) in May 2013. In this role, Picciolo is charged with creating a best-in-class field operations organization and implementing best practices across the entire Technical Operations organization of TWC. Previously, she served as Regional Vice President of Operations for the PacWest Region of the company.

Picciolo is a strong advocate for WICT and has received several accolades throughout her career including the WICT Southern California Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also been named among Cablefax Magazine's "Most Powerful Women in Cable." Picciolo participated in the WICT Senior Executive Summit at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a graduate of CTAM University. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board and sits on the Executive Committee of the California Cable Television Association.

About WICT
For thirty-five 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 or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
In his session at DevOps Summit, Bryan Cantrill, CTO at Joyent, will demonstrate a third path: containers on multi-tenant bare metal that maximizes performance, security, and networking connectivity.
DevOps has often been described in terms of CAMS: Culture, Automation, Measuring, Sharing. While we’ve seen a lot of focus on the “A” and even on the “M”, there are very few examples of why the “C" is equally important in the DevOps equation. In her session at @DevOps Summit, Lori MacVittie, of F5 Networks, will explore HTTP/1 and HTTP/2 along with Microservices to illustrate why a collaborative culture between Dev, Ops, and the Network is critical to ensuring success.
Manufacturing has widely adopted standardized and automated processes to create designs, build them, and maintain them through their life cycle. However, many modern manufacturing systems go beyond mechanized workflows to introduce empowered workers, flexible collaboration, and rapid iteration. Such behaviors also characterize open source software development and are at the heart of DevOps culture, processes, and tooling.
The IoT is upon us, but today’s databases, built on 30-year-old math, require multiple platforms to create a single solution. Data demands of the IoT require Big Data systems that can handle ingest, transactions and analytics concurrently adapting to varied situations as they occur, with speed at scale. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chad Jones, chief strategy officer at Deep Information Sciences, will look differently at IoT data so enterprises can fully leverage their IoT potential. He’ll sha...
Containers have changed the mind of IT in DevOps. They enable developers to work with dev, test, stage and production environments identically. Containers provide the right abstraction for microservices and many cloud platforms have integrated them into deployment pipelines. DevOps and Containers together help companies to achieve their business goals faster and more effectively.
The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...
Containers are revolutionizing the way we deploy and maintain our infrastructures, but monitoring and troubleshooting in a containerized environment can still be painful and impractical. Understanding even basic resource usage is difficult - let alone tracking network connections or malicious activity. In his session at DevOps Summit, Gianluca Borello, Sr. Software Engineer at Sysdig, will cover the current state of the art for container monitoring and visibility, including pros / cons and li...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM Cloud Data Services has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. IBM Cloud Data Services offers a portfolio of integrated, best-of-breed cloud data services for developers focused on mobile computing and analytics use cases.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data...
Today’s connected world is moving from devices towards things, what this means is that by using increasingly low cost sensors embedded in devices we can create many new use cases. These span across use cases in cities, vehicles, home, offices, factories, retail environments, worksites, health, logistics, and health. These use cases rely on ubiquitous connectivity and generate massive amounts of data at scale. These technologies enable new business opportunities, ways to optimize and automate, al...
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome,” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
As the world moves towards more DevOps and microservices, application deployment to the cloud ought to become a lot simpler. The microservices architecture, which is the basis of many new age distributed systems such as OpenStack, NetFlix and so on, is at the heart of Cloud Foundry - a complete developer-oriented Platform as a Service (PaaS) that is IaaS agnostic and supports vCloud, OpenStack and AWS. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Raghavan "Rags" Srinivas, an Architect/Developer Evangeli...
There are many considerations when moving applications from on-premise to cloud. It is critical to understand the benefits and also challenges of this migration. A successful migration will result in lower Total Cost of Ownership, yet offer the same or higher level of robustness. Migration to cloud shifts computing resources from your data center, which can yield significant advantages provided that the cloud vendor an offer enterprise-grade quality for your application.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, and a Social Business Evangelist, will keynote at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Docker is hot. However, as Docker container use spreads into more mature production pipelines, there can be issues about control of Docker images to ensure they are production-ready. Is a promotion-based model appropriate to control and track the flow of Docker images from development to production? In his session at DevOps Summit, Fred Simon, Co-founder and Chief Architect of JFrog, will demonstrate how to implement a promotion model for Docker images using a binary repository, and then show h...