Comcast Corporation announced today that Charisse R. Lillie will join the company as Vice President of Human Resources for Comcast Corporation and Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Comcast Cable, primarily reporting to David L. Cohen, Comcast Corporation Executive Vice President, and also reporting to Michael S. Tallent, Comcast Cable Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration. Ms. Lillie is a nationally renowned labor and employment lawyer, and also has a national reputation for advocating and implementing corporate and law firm diversity plans.
Lillie will be responsible for all aspects of human resources throughout Comcast, including hiring, compensation, benefits, succession planning, diversity, training and development. She will begin work in mid-February 2005, and replaces Al Peddrick, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Comcast Cable, who was previously scheduled to retire at the end of February.
In this position, Lillie will also function as a corporate officer for Comcast. "Charisse is an outstanding addition for Comcast and is representative of the world-class talent that we are trying to recruit," said Cohen. "Our 68,000 employees are our greatest resource at Comcast, and Charisse will be an outstanding leader of our human resources team. She brings a depth of knowledge and extensive range of experience in labor, employment, and diversity which will be invaluable to the future of our growing company. "I would also like to thank Al for his many contributions and 15 years of service to Comcast," Cohen added. "Our company and workforce have undergone tremendous growth into a position of industry leadership during his tenure."
"I am thrilled to be joining such a growing and dynamic company like Comcast," said Lillie. "I look forward to the challenge of supporting a diverse and growing workforce at one of the most exciting media and entertainment companies in America."
Lillie is currently a partner in the Philadelphia-based law firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, where she chairs the firm's litigation department and is a member of the firm's labor and employment law group. She is also an elected member of the firm's Board. Her practice includes representation of clients dealing with a wide variety of labor and employment issues, including discrimination, harassment, and civil rights litigation.
Before joining the firm in 1992, her experience included service as City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Professor of Law at the Villanova University School of Law, and Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. Arthur Makadon, Chairman of Ballard Spahr, said, "While we will miss Charisse dearly because of her extraordinary contributions to our firm and clients, I wish her the best of luck and am confident she will enjoy continued success at one of Philadelphia's most prominent and committed corporate citizens."
Her professional and community activities have included serving as Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (the first African American female to hold that position), Chair of the American Bar association's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Racial Bias in the Justice System Committee, and member of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System. Lillie also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Award.
She has received numerous honors for her professional service, including being named Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Anne X. Alpern Award, and the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, Inc.'s Award of Excellence Honoree. She is also a 2004 Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania.
Lillie, 52, received her B.A. from Wesleyan University, her J.D. from Temple Law School, and her LL.M. from Yale Law School. She resides in West Mount Airy with her husband, attorney Thomas L. McGill, Jr. They have three children - Alison, Thomas III, and Leslie.
About Comcast Corporation:
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 21.5 million cable customers and more than 6.5 million high-speed Internet customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable networks and in the delivery of programming content. The Company's content businesses include: Comcast SportsNet, E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, Outdoor Life Network, G4techTV and International Channel Networks as well as a minority investment in TV One. The Company also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.