Comcast Corporation Announces Promotions to Vice President
Comcast Corporation today announced a series of promotions to Vice President in its Administration, Assurance and Advisory Team, Federal Government Affairs, Legal, and Strategic Intellectual Property departments. The following individuals have been promoted:
Deborah Buhles has been promoted to Vice President, Administration, reporting to Karen Buchholz, Senior Vice President of Administration. In this position, Deborah is responsible for developing and managing programs for facilities for the Philadelphia campus, including operations and optimizing space planning, corporate travel and relocation.
Before joining Comcast in 2003, Deborah served as corporate travel manager and manager of innovation for supply chain management for Capital One and as a purchasing agent for Computer Task Group.
Deborah holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a Certified Corporate Travel Executive at the Global Business Travel Association from Cornell University. She serves on the board as Secretary of the Philadelphia Academies, Inc., as a Director on the board for Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc., the Co-chair of the Business Advisory Council for OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, and is an Advisor for the Philadelphia chapter of NAMIC.
Comcast Assurance and Advisory Team:
Catherine Gray and Anthony DeShan have been promoted to Vice President of Comcast Assurance and Advisory Team, reporting to Cynthia Hook, Senior Vice President, General Auditor and Global Risk Officer.
Catherine is responsible for the design, execution and oversight of the Cable audit plan, which focuses on financial, operational and regulatory areas for the Cable business.
Prior to joining Comcast in 2003, Catherine was a supervisor with KPMG, LLP and concentrated in providing financial assurance and consulting services to a variety of manufacturing, technology, and public sector clients.
Catherine serves on the Board of Directors for Rebuilding Together Philadelphia and is a member of Women in Cable and Telecommunications. She graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Institute of Internal Auditors. Catherine resides in Gloucester Township, NJ with her husband and family.
Anthony oversees the internal audit staff, risk management, and the performance of financial, operational, and compliance audits and advisory engagements for the NBCUniversal business.
Prior to joining Comcast in 2010, Anthony worked at Dell, Inc., serving in a variety of financial and operational roles including the Global Audit function as well as transformation initiatives within the company. Prior to Dell, he was at PepsiCo & Pepsi Cola International in financial planning and controllership roles. He started his career in public accounting as a Certified Public Accountant. He graduated from Comcast’s Executive Leadership Forum program, he holds a Masters of Accountancy from Western Illinois University and a B.A. from Marietta College.
Anthony is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and resides in the Philadelphia area with his wife and three children.
Federal Government Affairs:
Juan Otero has been promoted to Vice President of Federal Government Affairs, reporting to Melissa Maxfield, Senior Vice President, Federal Government Affairs. Juan is responsible for federal legislative advocacy, representing Comcast NBCUniversal with Members of Congress and the Administration. He is also responsible for developing strategies for achieving corporate legislative objectives and actively works with third-party policy stakeholders.
Prior to joining Comcast, Juan served as a Committee Director for the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C. and as Deputy Director at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he oversaw the Department’s efforts to develop improved interoperability technologies and communications. Before joining DHS, he worked as Principal Counsel for the National League of Cities.
Juan sits on the Boards of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, and the Hispanic Federation of New York. Juan holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a M.P.A. from American University. He resides in Arlington, VA.
Matthew Fradin and Derek Squire have been promoted to Vice President and Senior Deputy General Counsel, reporting to Marc Rockford, Vice President and Senior Deputy General Counsel.
Matthew is responsible for legal matters related to strategic corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and debt financings. His transactional work has also included real estate transactions relating to the Comcast campus development in Philadelphia and strategic advertising initiatives. In addition, Matthew oversees the Legal Technology Operations function serving all Law Department personnel and chairs the enterprise-wide Legal Technology Committee.
Prior to joining Comcast in 2002, Matthew served as an associate in the business and finance departments of Latham & Watkins and Ballad Spahr. In those positions, his responsibilities included mergers and acquisitions, financings and other corporate transactions.
He graduated cum laude from The University of Pennsylvania Law School and he received a B.S. in Finance at University of Illinois. Matthew lives in Cherry Hill, NJ with his wife and two daughters.
Derek is responsible for legal matters relating to acquisitions, divestitures, investments, joint ventures and other strategic corporate transactions. Derek also serves as General Counsel of Comcast Ventures, Comcast’s venture capital arm, where he oversees all legal activities, including structuring and negotiating new investments and exit transactions, as well as working with management of Comcast Ventures’ portfolio companies on legal issues.
Prior to joining Comcast in 2004, Derek was an associate at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Philadelphia, PA, where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity transactions.
Derek graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and Government from Dartmouth College and received a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. Derek lives in Voorhees, NJ with his wife and two children.
Prior to joining Comcast in 2005, Brian served in senior legal positions for XO Communications, Aerial Communications and MCI Communications where he worked on a wide array of legal and regulatory matters, including litigation before state public utility commissions. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Illinois.
Brian Rankin has been promoted to Vice President and Senior Deputy General Counsel, reporting to Lynn Charytan, Senior Vice President of Legal Regulatory Affairs and Senior Deputy General Counsel. Brian is responsible for providing counsel for legal and regulatory matters affecting Comcast’s cable, broadband, voice and other businesses.
Brian received a J.D. from DePaul University, where he received the American Jurisprudence Award for Trial Advocacy, a M.B.A. from the University of Alabama and a B.S. from Illinois State University. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the DePaul University College of Law and on the board of directors for Public Citizens for Children and Youth and for Citizens Diplomacy International of Philadelphia. He resides in Philadelphia with his wife and son.
Strategic Intellectual Property:
Mark Dellinger has been promoted to Vice President, Strategic Intellectual Property, reporting to James Finnegan, Senior Vice President of Intellectual Property Strategy. Mark is responsible for patent transaction matters related to Comcast innovations and provides patent strategy support for mergers, acquisitions and corporate investments.
Prior to joining Comcast in 2008, Mark served as Vice President at a boutique intellectual property consulting firm where he led its patent brokerage team and provided strategic advice to a diverse client base of Fortune 500 technology companies and global investment firms. Mark also held senior positions in intellectual property related to cross-licensing, technology transfers and business strategy at Lucent Technologies.
Mark has a M.S. from Stevens Institute of Technology and a B.A. from East Stroudsburg University. Mark resides in Newtown, PA with his wife and their three children.
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