Women in Cable Telecommunications Announces 2017 Board of Directors

Martha Soehren, Comcast, serving in final year as Chair;

Marva Johnson, Charter Communications, elected Vice-Chair;


New Directors-at-Large include Karen Buchholz, Comcast; Lisa Hook, Neustar; Mary McLaughlin, Comcast; Judith Mills, Mediacom; Michele Parks, Cox Communications; Lisa Schwartz, Sundance Selects & IFC Films; and Alaka Williams, Scripps Networks Interactive. Special Designee Directors-At-Large are Marcy DeAngelis, Comcast; and Denise Gough, Scripps Networks Interactive.

Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the members of its 2017 Board of Directors.

Martha Soehren, Chief Talent Development Officer & SVP, Comcast University & Comcast Cable, enters her third and final year as Board Chair. Marva Johnson, Regional VP, State Government Affairs (South), Charter Communications, has been elected to the role of Vice-Chair and will become Chair in 2018.

Angela Santone, EVP & Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Turner, rose to the Executive Committee and will serve as Treasurer. New At-Large Members of the Board of Directors are: Karen Buchholz, SVP, Administration, Comcast; Lisa Hook, President & CEO, Neustar; Mary McLaughlin, Regional SVP, Beltway Region, Comcast; Judith Mills, Group VP, Human Resources, Mediacom; Michele Parks, Vice President, Talent Management, Cox Communications; Lisa Schwartz, Co-President, Sundance Selects & IFC Films; and Alaka Williams, SVP, Network Human Resources, Scripps Networks Interactive.
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 Denise Gough, VP, Business & Legal Affairs, Scripps Networks Interactive, 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 honored and excited to chair WICT’s board for another year, along with such exceptional industry leaders," said Martha Soehren. "WICT cultivates leadership diversity by developing, empowering and elevating women, which is needed now more than ever in this time of rapid industry change. Many of the remarkable individuals on the board have enhanced their career skills through WICT’s renowned leadership education."

2017 WICT Board of Directors

Executive Committee
Chair: Martha Soehren, Chief Talent Development Officer & SVP, Comcast University & Comcast Cable
Vice-Chair: Marva Johnson, Regional VP, State Government Affairs (South), Charter Communications
Treasurer: Angela Santone, EVP & Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Turner
Strategic Planning Chair: Marc Aldrich, SVP, Global Service Provider, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Chapter Development Chair: Jocelyn Cooley, SVP, Human Resources, Viacom Media Networks
Development Chair: Sandy K. Howe, SVP & General Manager, Consumer Products Group, ARRIS
Governance Chair: Michelle Rice, EVP, Content Distribution and Marketing, TV One
President & CEO: Maria E. Brennan, CAE, Women in Cable Telecommunications

Returning Directors-at-Large

Amy M. Blair, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Liberty Global
Catherine Bohigian, EVP, Government Affairs, Charter Communications
Justin Connolly, EVP, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Disney & ESPN Media Networks
Tamara Franklin, EVP, Digital, Scripps Networks Interactive
Catherine Frymark, SVP, Corporate Communications, Discovery Communications
Jen Neal, EVP, Marketing, E! and Esquire Networks
Kathleen O’Reilly, Senior Managing Director, Communications, Media & Technology, Accenture
Jane Rice, SVP, Distribution, A+E Networks
Debbie Stang, Chief Operating Officer, Midco
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 media. With over 10,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the industry. Comcast NBCUniversal, Charter Communications, and Turner are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.

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