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Multichannel News: INTX 2016: Vanguard Award Winners Named

By Univision PR Team

Mar 31, 2016

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association has announced the 2016 cable-industry leaders who will be honored with Vanguard Awards, at a ceremony during the INTX convention in Boston on Wednesday, May 18. Heading the list, being honored for their distinguished leadership, are top executives at three cable providers that are in the process of being acquired: Cablevision (by Altice) and Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks (by Charter Communications).

The following is from the detailed announcement of the Vanguard recipients by the NCTA, an announcement that was distributed on March 23.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ten cable industry executives spanning all aspects of the cable and telecommunications industry will be recognized for their significant contributions to industry success, with NCTA Vanguard Awards at the Internet & Television Expo (INTX) in Boston in May.

Heading the list and receiving the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership will be Kristin Dolan, Chief Operating Officer, Cablevision Systems Corporation; Robert Marcus, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Time Warner Cable; and Steve Miron, Chief Executive Officer, Bright House Networks.

The Vanguard Awards are presented annually by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) to individuals who excel in both business and personal commitment to their colleagues, and whose accomplishments merit the recognition of the entire industry.

The 2016 Vanguard Awards will be presented on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at an awards ceremony and lunch during INTX: The Internet & Television Expo scheduled for May 16-18 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

A complete list of 2016 Vanguard Award honorees, along with a description of each award, can be found here.

VANGUARD AWARD FOR MARKETING
This award honors an individual who has been instrumental in the development of marketing approaches that significantly enhance cable’s public image and increase customers. This year’s honoree is:

Tonia O’Connor, Chief Commercial Officer & President of Content Distribution, Univision Communications, Inc.
Tonia O’Connor oversees content distribution for Univision Communications, Inc., (UCI) across all screens, including online and mobile. She also leads UCI’s Enterprise Development efforts to expand its content availability and licensing revenue by securing key partnerships and new business models with traditional and emerging content distributors. She led the strategy and launch of UCI’s direct to consumer subscription video service, Univision Now; the creation of the company’s first English language digital network, Flama; the Univision Creator network; and has worked with key leaders across the company to coordinate joint ventures and investments in new businesses. A highly-regarded champion of diversity in media, O’Connor often speaks about the industry’s obligation to support multicultural talent in mainstream media. She also helped launch and sponsors the UCI Women’s Leadership Council, an employee resource group designed to advance women across the company and prepare the next generation of women leaders. She also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and on the executive committee of the T. Howard Foundation Board. O’Connor joined UCI in 2008 as Executive Vice President of Distribution Sales and Marketing, after working for 13 years in leadership positions at Gemstar TV Guide. She has been recognized as aMultichannel News Wonder Woman and appears regularly on the CableFAX list of Most Powerful Women in Cable. Named by Cynopsis in 2013 as one of the industry’s “most intriguing people,” O’Connor also serves on the board of El Rey Network, a cable network founded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

Source: Multichannel News

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