WICT Announces 2016 Board of Directors

New Directors-at-Large include Catherine Bohigian, Charter Communications; Justin Connolly, Disney & ESPN; Catherine Frymark, Discovery Communications; Michelle Kim, Time Warner Cable; Angela Santone, Turner; and Debbie Stang, Midcontinent Communications. Special Designee Directors-At-Large are Marcy DeAngelis, Comcast; and Katy Weber, Comcast

Washington, DC - Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the members of its 2016 Board of Directors. 

Martha Soehren, Chief Talent Development Officer & SVP, Comcast University & Comcast Cable, enters her second and final year as Board Chair. Gail MacKinnon, EVP & Chief Government Relations Officer, Time Warner Cable Inc., has been elected to the role of Vice-Chair.

The following incumbent Directors-At-Large rose to the Executive Committee: Marc Aldrich, SVP, Global Service Provider, Cisco Systems, Inc. and Jocelyn Cooley, SVP, Human Resources, Viacom Media Networks. New At-Large Members of the Board of Directors are: Catherine Bohigian, EVP, Government Affairs, Charter Communications; Justin Connolly, EVP, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Disney & ESPN Media Networks Catherine Frymark, SVP, Corporate Communications, Discovery Communications; Michelle Kim, SVP & Chief Counsel, Programming, Time Warner Cable Inc.; Angela Santone, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Turner; and Debbie Stang, COO, Midcontinent Communications. 

In addition, two individuals will serve one-year terms as Directors-At-Large in special roles. Marcy DeAngelis, Senior Director, Business Process Effectiveness, Comcast Cable, is the Emerging Leader Designee and Katy Weber, Regional HR Lead, Sales & Marketing Teams, GCR Region, Comcast Cable, is the Chapter Leader Designee.

The WICT Board brings together members with dynamic and deep industry experience and distinctive perspectives and backgrounds. It represents the diverse and evolving functions and operations of the cable industry. A list of returning board members appears below. Full members’ bios can be found here.

"I am pleased and honored to chair WICT’s board for another year, alongside such exceptional and inspiring industry standouts," said Martha Soehren. "Amid the fluid challenges of our industry, WICT cultivates leadership diversity by empowering and elevating women. Many of the remarkable individuals on the board attest to WICT’s pivotal leadership education."

Martha Soehren is the Chief Talent Development Officer & SVP at Comcast University and Comcast Cable. The breadth of her career spans telecommunications, defense and academic sectors. She is an Executive Champion for Comcast’s Veteran’s Affinity Group. She serves on the Doctorate of Learning Advisory Board for the GSE/Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Learning Leader for the Masie Consortium. She has chaired the Board of ATD and currently serves on the Board for SCTE. She was honored as a "Woman to Watch" by Multichannel News and has been named to Cablefax’s list of "Most Powerful Women in Cable" annually since 2012. Active in the WICT Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Soehren joined the WICT National Board as Director-at-Large in 2008. She is an alumna of WICT’s 2014 Senior Executive Summit at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in business and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Gail MacKinnon is EVP & Chief Government Relations Officer for Time Warner Cable Inc. and oversees the Washington, DC public policy office. She is responsible for the company’s legislative and regulatory strategies. One of her previous roles includes Senior Vice President for Government Relations at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the principal trade association of the cable industry. She also served as Director of Government Relations, at Turner, whereby she represented the company’s interests during Congress’ major overhaul of telecommunications legislation in 1996. She is an alumna of WICT’s Senior Executive Summit at Stanford Graduate School of Business, having participated annually since 2013. She was awarded the cable industry’s Vanguard Award for Government & Community Relations and serves as a co-chair of Ford’s Theatre Society’s 100 Committee. She is also a member of Polaris Board, a nonprofit that works to combat modern day slavery and human trafficking. 

Catherine Bohigian is the Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, for Charter Communications. In this role, she directs the company’s legislative and regulatory strategies and oversees its federal and state government affairs. Prior to entering the cable industry, Bohigian served in several senior capacities at the Federal Communications Commission, including Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning. While at the agency, she coordinated its implementation of its media and enforcement agenda and managed an internal team of economists and lawyers. She is an alumna of WICT’s 2014 and 2015 Senior Executive Summit at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Justin Connolly is the Executive Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, for Disney & ESPN Media Networks. He oversees all aspects of domestic distribution, affiliate marketing and affiliate-related business operations for multiple venues. Prior to his current role, Connolly oversaw the rollout of SEC Network, the most successful launch in cable history, as Senior Vice President, College Networks. He is a Sports Business Journal 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame inductee.

Marcy DeAngelis is Senior Director, Business Process Effectiveness, for Comcast Cable. She is responsible for assessing performance of sales, ordering and activation processes, diagnosing inefficiencies and applying process improvement methodologies across the customer lifestyle. She was a pioneer in the implementation of the first Customer Experience Scorecard at Comcast (think Customer First!). 

Catherine Frymark is Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, for Discovery Communications. She articulates the company’s business strategy on all matters, including mergers & acquisitions and financial communications. As a 15-year Discovery veteran, Frymark leads the corporate social media practice and scriptwriting, message development and press strategy for high-profile corporate activities. She received a 2013 Touchstones of Leadership Award by WICT’s Washington, D.C./Baltimore Chapter and was named PR Executive of the year by Cablefax.

Michelle Kim is Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel, Programming, at Time Warner Cable Inc. She is responsible for all legal matters involving content acquisition and programming across multiple platforms. In this role, Kim, along with her team, leads all legal aspects of content acquisition negotiations for linear, video on demand and TV Everywhere distribution rights with Time Warner Cable’s major programming suppliers. Kim is an alumna of WICT’s Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, Class XXI. She is listed among the most powerful women and most influential minorities in cable by Cablefax. In 2011, she was named a "Wonder Woman" by Multichannel News

Angela Santone is Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, for Turner. She has executive oversight of all human resources functions, including recruitment, total rewards, training and development, performance management, inclusion strategy, and succession planning for its networks and businesses. She also provides executive oversight for corporate responsibility. Santone is a Class XXII fellow for WICT’s Betsy Magness Leadership Institute and has been very involved in WICT’s Southeast Chapter. She is a Board Member of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media.

Debbie Stang serves as Chief Operating Officer of Midcontinent Communications, with management responsibilities for customer service, field operations, supply chain, training, and operations systems and support. She also oversees Midco Connection, Midcontinent Media’s customer contact center providing call center services to a variety of industries. Stang is an alumna of WICT’s 2014 and 2015 Senior Executive Summit at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She currently serves on the industry Veterans Advisory Council. 

Katy Weber is the Regional Human Resources Lead, Sales & Marketing Teams in the GCR Region, for Comcast Cable. She joined Comcast in 2010 after previously holding Regional HR roles in the Transportation and Food Industries. Weber has served as Treasurer, Vice President and President of WICT’s Greater Chicago Chapter.

2016 WICT Board of Directors 

Executive Committee 

Chair: Martha Soehren, Chief Talent Development Officer & SVP, Comcast University & Comcast Cable 
Chair-elect: Gail MacKinnon, EVP & Chief Government Relations Officer, Time Warner Cable
Treasurer: Marva Johnson, Corporate VP, Government & Industry Affairs, Bright House Networks
Chapter Development Chair: Jocelyn Cooley, SVP, Human Resources, Viacom Media Networks
Strategic Planning Chair: Marc Aldrich, SVP, Global Service Provider, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Development Chair: Sandy K. Howe, SVP, Global Marketing, ARRIS Group, Inc.
Governance Chair: Michelle Rice, EVP, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, TV One
President & CEO: Maria E. Brennan, CAE, Women in Cable Telecommunications 

Returning Directors-at-Large

Catherine Avgiris, EVP, CFO, Comcast Cable
Amy M. Blair, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Liberty Global
Justin Connolly, EVP, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Disney & ESPN Media Network
Samantha Cooper, SVP, Content Distribution & Marketing, Viacom Media Networks
Tamara Franklin, EVP, Digital, Scripps Networks Interactive
Jennifer Hightower, SVP, Law & Policy, Cox Communications
Ellen Kroner, EVP & Chief Communications Officer, AMC Networks
Susanne McAvoy, EVP, Marketing, Creative & Communications, Crown Media Family Networks
Kathleen O’Reilly, Senior Managing Director, Communications, Media & Technology, Accenture
Jane Rice, SVP, Distribution, A+E Networks
Angela Santone, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Turner
Hilary Smith, SVP, Communications, USA Network, NBCUniversal
Leigh Woisard, SVP, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Cox Communications

About WICT
For over 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 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.

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