As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Catherine Avgiris is responsible for all functional, programmatic, and financial operations of Comcast Cable, a $42 billion division of Comcast Corporation. Cathy brings an extensive range of experience to the position, including broad operational expertise; a strong financial background; a deep understanding of the Company; and in-depth knowledge of the media, technology, and cable industry.
A 22-year veteran of Comcast, Cathy has been instrumental in the growth and development of Comcast, and her influence on the Company is evident in her work throughout the years. Most recently, she served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Communications and Data Services for Comcast’s Xfinity Internet, Xfinity Voice, and consumer wireless businesses. Under her leadership, Comcast has become the largest Internet service provider and one of the largest phone providers in the U.S. Cathy was also responsible for launching the Verizon Wireless partnership, managing the operations for the Company’s Internet Essentials program— which provides low-cost Internet service to low-income families— and overseeing Comcast’s WiFi initiative.
Throughout her tenure with Comcast, Cathy has also served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Comcast Digital Voice and as Senior Vice President of Finance for Comcast Cable. As SVP and GM of Comcast Digital Voice, she transformed the circuit-switched telephone business acquired from AT&T Broadband into a profitable and efficient business, making Comcast one of the largest non-Baby Bell, facilities-based competitive local telephone providers in the U.S., and as SVP of Finance, Cathy managed all financial and administrative activity for Comcast high-speed Internet and Voice services.
Prior to joining Comcast in 1992, Cathy spent 11 years in finance, serving as Chief Financial Officer of Drexel Industries, Inc., a publicly held manufacturing company, and as an Audit Manager with Deloitte & Touche.
In 2010, Cathy was awarded one of the cable industry’s most prestigious honors, the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership for Cable Operations Management by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). She has been recognized as one of CableFAX‘s Most Powerful Women in Cable every year since 2006. In 2007, Multichannel News recognized her as a Wonder Woman. Cathy has also been honored with the Women in Cable Telecommunication’s Liberty Award, a Woman Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal, and was named one of the Top 15 Women in Business by PINK Magazine, a national magazine for professional women. Most recently, Cathy was presented with the National Diversity Council’s 2014 Most Powerful & Influential Woman Award.
Cathy is on the Executive Advisory Councils of Comcast Affinity Groups Mentoring Program (CAAG) and Black Professionals Alliance (BPA) and is a member of the Forum for Executive Women. She was also a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Philadelphia chapter mentoring program for several years. Additionally, Cathy is a leader in her community and is an active supporter of The Career Wardrobe, the nation’s largest community-based non-profit organization serving women transitioning into the workforce. A graduate of Baruch College, Cathy holds a B.A. in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and Pennsylvania.