Melissa Northern


WICT Announces 2005 Boards, New Chairs

Chantilly, VA--Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the members of the 2005 Board of Directors for WICT and the 2005 Board of Trustees for the WICT Foundation.  Susan Scott, senior vice president of distribution at The Weather Channel, will succeed Robin Sangston as chair of the WICT Board of Directors.  Sangston will remain a member of the executive committee in her role as Immediate Past Chair.  Jill Campbell, senior vice president of operations for Cox, will assume responsibilities as chair of the WICT Foundation Board of Trustees, succeeding Ann Montgomery.  The WICT Board of Directors and the WICT Foundation Board of Trustees are comprised of individuals from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences and represent all facets of the industry.  A full listing of both boards appears below.

“As we conclude our highly successful 25th anniversary year, I am excited to work with both boards to ensure continued success for the next 25 years,” said Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, WICT President and CEO.  “Members of both the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees will play an active role in shaping WICT’s direction for the future.  Their varied experiences and perspectives from across the industry will help us ensure that we continue to serve our members and stay abreast of industry trends.”

“Being selected to serve as Chair of the WICT, Inc. Board of Directors is a distinct honor, and working closely with a board that is clearly an exceptionally rich bricolage of talented industry leaders is a privilege,” said Susan Scott, Chair of the WICT Board of Directors and senior vice president of distribution for The Weather Channel.  “We have exciting work ahead of us as we strategically expand the ways that WICT provides development, leadership and research programs for all levels of women in the cable industry. And, through targeted advocacy efforts, WICT will continue to develop individual, institutional and government awareness of WICT's and women's importance to cable while pursuing our mission of developing women leaders who transform our industry.”

Jill Campbell, WICT Foundation Chair and senior vice president of operations for Cox added, "I look forward to working with the great leaders on the 2005 WICT Board of Trustees as we continue to build upon the success of the first two PAR Initiatives.  We have made great strides in measuring and supporting the advancement of women in the industry, and I am confident that 2005 will bring increased participation and growth from the industry."


2005 WICT Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Chair- Susan Scott, Senior Vice President, Distribution, The Weather Channel
Vice Chair- Melanie Penna, Vice President, Human Resources, Comcast Cable Communications, Inc.
Secretary- Jessica Heacock, Senior Vice President , Affiliate Marketing, MTV Networks
Treasurer- Connie Zerden, General Manager, Showtime Networks, Inc.
Immediate Past Chair- Robin Sangston, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Cox Communications
Chapter Director- Jennifer Dangar, Vice President, New Media Distribution, Discovery Communications
Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, President & CEO, Women in Cable & Telecommunications

Directors At Large
Janice Arouh- Senior Vice President, Network Distribution and Service, Hallmark Channel
Nomi Bergman- Executive Vice President - Strategy & Development, Advance Newhouse
Sherita Caesar- Vice President/General Manager, Charter Communications
Jill Campbell, Senior Vice President,Operations, Cox Communications- Central Division
Lynne Costantini- Senior Vice President, Programming, Time Warner Cable
Kristin Dolan- Senior Vice President, Digital Product Management, Cablevision Systems Corp.
Ellen East- Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, Cox Communications
Shelley Fischel- Senior Vice President, HR & Admin, Home Box Office
Rosa Marie Gatti- Senior Vice President, Communications, ESPN
Pamela Mackenzie- Vice President, Adelphia Communications
Sue Panzer- Vice President , Distribution & Field Marketing, Lifetime Television
Shirley Powell- Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

2005 WICT Foundation Board of Trustees
Executive Committee

Chair- Jill Campbell, Senior Vice President-Operations, Cox Communications- Central Division
Immediate Past Chair- Ann Montgomery
Secretary- Chris Moseley- Executive Vice President - Worldwide Marketing & Brand Strategy, Crown Media Holdings, Inc.
Treasurer- Connie Zerden, General Manager, Showtime Networks, Inc.
Appointed- Amy Banse, Executive Vice President-Programming Investments, Comcast Corporation
Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, President & CEO, Women in Cable & Telecommunications

Bridget Baker- Executive Vice President, NBC Universal Cable
Thomas Baxter- President, Time Warner Cable
Jadz Janucik- Senior Vice President, NCTA
Susan Packard- President, Scripps Network Affiliate and International Development, Scripps Networks
Melanie Penna- Vice President - Human Resources, Comcast Cable Communications, Inc.; WICT, Inc. Vice Chair
Marva Smalls- Executive Vice President - Public Affairs, Chief of Staff, Nickelodeon Networks
Italia Commisso Weinand- Senior Vice President, Programming and HR, Mediacom
Michael Willner- Chief Executive Officer/ Vice Chairman, Insight Communications
David Zagin- Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales & Marketing, A&E Television Network

About WICT

For twenty-five years, Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide leadership programs and services, and create professional advancement opportunities for women. WICT is the oldest and largest professional association advocating for women in the cable and telecommunications industry, with 22 local chapters and satellites serving over 4,500 members across the country. WICT develops women leaders who transform our industry through highly regarded professional events, educational programming and networking opportunities. For more information, visit

About the WICT Foundation

The WICT Foundation is responsible for the advocacy initiatives of Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT), the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. The WICT Foundation serves as a catalyst for industry change through research, development, advocacy and education. Its current effort, the PAR Initiative, measures and supports the advancement of industry women against the following standards: Pay Equity, Advancement Opportunities and Resources for Work/Life Support. Groundbreaking programs such as the PAR Initiative, and other WICT Foundation research on issues such as work/life balance and the business case for gender diversity, have inspired industry-wide advancements for women.