Comcast and NBCUniversal's Most Powerful Women: Setting the Pace for Innovation

More than 50 women from Comcast and NBCUniversal were named to CableFax: The Magazine’s 2013 list of the Most Powerful Women in Cable.

Leaders from across the organization topped the magazine’s annual power list, including Bonnie Hammer, Jackie Hernandez, Linda Yaccarino, Jennifer Gaiski, Amy Banse, Frances Berwick, Kimberly Harris, Pat Fili-Krushel, Lori Conkling, Cathy Avgiris and Beth Roberts. In the issue, our leading women talk about their jobs, taking risks, and how they are setting the pace for innovation. Read some of what they had to say below: 

Jackie Hernandez, Chief Operating Officer, Telemundo, on success:

"Success is breaking through expectations, going above and beyond what you set out to do. This means you don’t stop when you achieve your goal. You just keep going and before you know it, you bumped into success."  

Jennifer Gaiski, Senior Vice President, Content Acquisition, Comcast Cable, on her favorite part of the job:

"My favorite part is the people, the products and also the fact that no day is ever the same." 

Amy Banse, Managing Director & Head of Funds, Comcast Ventures, on achieving goals:

"I’m a big believer in getting it done. I was one of those kids in grade school who believed the teacher when she said you can do whatever you put your mind to." 

Cathy Avgiris, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Comcast Cable, on her favorite part of the job:

"As the new CFO of the cable division, I have the purview of a $40B business. I see how the individual product lines come together and how I can make strategic decisions to benefit our financial position in a competitive marketplace." 

Meredith Baker, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, NBCUniversal, on her favorite part about coming to work:

"To be part of such an innovative culture and watch new technologies – mobile, online, 4K, and more – change the way we all view content." 

Lynn Charytan, Senior Vice President of Legal Regulatory Affairs and Senior Deputy General Counsel, Comcast Corporation, on what she loves about Comcast:

"Constantly changing challenges that have to be solved creatively at an insane pace? That’s my perfect work scenario, and I get it every day here." 

Sian Doyle, Senior Vice President, Retail, Comcast Cable, on what motivates her:

"Being able to influence even the smallest of changes to simplify and improve the working environment for people in the stores is what has kept me motivated throughout my career."                                                            

Denice Hasty, Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing, Comcast Cable, on giving consumers what they want:

Consumers "want simple but advanced products that deliver the content they want when they want it – and on any device anywhere. And we’re giving it to them." 

Amy Lynch, Regional Vice President, Silicon Valley and San Francisco Peninsula Region, Comcast Cable, on success:

"Success is a journey. That includes having positive relationships with my boss, colleagues, and employees, mentoring and inspiring our team to meet business objectives." 

Cyndi McClellan, President, Network Strategy & E! News, E! Entertainment, on experimenting:

"My favorite part of my job is experimenting. Whether it is moving a show to a different time period, using a new approach for viewer feedback or trying something out-of-the box on E! News, I love that every day presents new opportunities." 

Juliette Morris, Executive Vice President, Partner Marketing & Communications, Content Distribution, NBCUniversal, on what makes a great team:

"The most motivated teams are the ones where everyone is encouraged to be creative, innovate andtake risks, as we work toward a common goal." 

D’Arcy Rudnay, Chief Communications Officer, Comcast Corporation, on Comcast’s culture:

"Comcast’s focus on innovating, improving and our entrepreneurial culture is invigorating and stimulating." 

Martha Soehren, Senior Vice President & Chief Learning Officer, Comcast Cable, on balance:

"The best trick is recognizing that there’s no such thing as balance. It’s essential to maintain personal and professional flexibility in our lives." 

Sherita Ceasar, Vice President, Engineering, Comcast Cable, on what she loves about her job:

"I get to work with an awesome team that deploys thousands of video infrastructure components and deploys software to millions of set-top boxes that enables cool video experiences for our customers." 

Jennifer Yohe Wagner, Vice President, Strategic Business Procurement, Comcast Cable, on her team:

"I work with really smart people and enjoy being a part of the pace and innovation of technology."