John D. Schanz is Executive Vice President and Chief Network Officer for Comcast Cable. In this role, he oversees national engineering for network and systems operations for the Company’s industry-leading video, high-speed Internet and voice cable services for both residential customers and businesses. He also plays a leadership role in technology strategy for the deployment of new, complementary communications products and services.
Under his leadership, the Company’s Xfinity products are now delivered over one converged, fiber-rich network. In 2012, IDG’s InfoWorld recognized John with a Technology Leadership Award in the Technology Deployment category for his role as the strategic architect and designer of Comcast’s network, systems and service delivery infrastructure platforms that deliver Xfinity products to more than 22 million cable customers, 18 million high-speed Internet customers and 9 million voice customers.
Prior to joining Comcast in 2006, John served as Executive Vice President of Network and Data Center Operations for America Online (AOL), with responsibility for architecture, planning, design and operation of AOL’s global network infrastructure, including the AOL service, Netscape, CompuServe, AOL Web properties, messaging systems, telephony, rich media and digital streaming services. He previously held senior management, operations and engineering positions with leading technology and communications companies, including Sprint, GE Information Services and Transaction Network Services.
John holds a Bachelor of Engineering in electrical engineering from Manhattan College of Engineering in Riverdale, N.Y. He also completed General Electric’s Information Systems Management Program, an intensive two-year program combining business rotation with practical training and formal coursework in advanced information technology and systems.
John lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and three children and is an active member of the community, spending much of his time outside work and family focusing on non-profit educational endeavors. He helped to foster Comcast’s initial participation with FIRST, which inspires young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. He also serves as a Board of Trustee member for Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, Cabrini College and the Anderson Orthopaedic Research Institute.