WICT Announces 2021 Global Board of Directors

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For Immediate Release:

Sandy Howe Enters Second Year as Chair; Marva Johnson Serves as Immediate Past Chair; Karen Buchholz of Comcast and Alaka Williams of Discovery move onto Board’s Executive Committee

New Directors-at-Large include Crystal Barnes, ViacomCBS; Laura Gentile, ESPN; Grace Ho, Liberty Global; and Tina Simmons, Comcast Cable-Central Division

Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the members of its 2021 Global Board of Directors.

Sandy Howe, technology executive and industry consultant, enters her second year as Board Chair. Marva Johnson, GVP, State Government Affairs (South) of Charter Communications, enters her final term as Immediate Past Chair.

Karen Buchholz, EVP, Administration, Comcast and Alaka Williams, SVP, Human Resources – U.S. Networks, Discovery, Inc., rose to the Executive Committee and will serve as the Governance Committee Chair and Industry Relations Committee Chair, respectively. New At-Large Members of the Board of Directors are: Crystal Barnes, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility, ViacomCBS; Laura Gentile, SVP, Marketing & Social Media, ESPN; Grace Ho, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Liberty Global; and Tina Simmons, SVP, Human Resources, Comcast Cable-Central Division. The full list of WICT board members is noted below.

The WICT Global Board is a subset of WICT’s 10,500 members. Each board leader brings their deep industry experience and astute business perspectives to ensure WICT remains on the forefront of the ever-evolving media landscape. Board member bios are linked here.

“It is a great honor to continue to serve as WICT’s Board Chair,” Sandy Howe said. “As we leave behind an unprecedented, difficult year and look forward to 2021, I am proud to help lead an organization that constantly innovates and pivots while championing gender diversity and leadership development opportunities.”

FULL 2021 WICT Global Board of Directors 

Executive Committee

Sandy Howe, Technology Executive, Chair
Marva Johnson, GVP, State Government Affairs (South), Charter Communications, Immediate Past Chair
Jen Neal, EVP, Live Events, Specials and E! News, E! Entertainment, Treasurer
Karen Buchholz, EVP, Administration, Comcast, Governance Committee Chair
Justin Connolly, President, Disney Platform Distribution, The Walt Disney Company, Development Committee Chair
Michelle Rice, President, TV One & CLEO TV, Chapter Development Committee Chair
Alaka Williams, SVP, People & Culture – U.S. Networks, Discovery, Inc., Industry Relations Committee Chair
Catherine Bohigian, EVP, Government Affairs, Charter Communications, Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair
Leigh Woisard, SVP, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Cox Communications, Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair
Maria E. Brennan, CAE, WICT, President & CEO/Ex Officio


Julie Agnew, Executive Director, Construction & Delivery, Network Expansion, Virgin Media, Chapter Leader Designee
Crystal Barnes, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental, Social and Governance Strategy & Reporting, ViacomCBS
Karen Bennett, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Cox Communications
Morgan Bondon, Vice President, Sales, Cisco
Rhonda Crichlow, SVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Charter Communications
Johnita Due, SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, WarnerMedia News & Sports
Carmela Fournier, Executive Director, Data Platform, Comcast Advertising, Emerging Leader Designee
Jodi Friedman, Account Vice President, Business Services, CommScope
Laura Gentile, SVP, Marketing & Social Media, ESPN
Orlando Hampton, General Manager, USA, Afiniti
Jonica Hartman, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Spectrum Reach, Emerging Leader Designee
Grace Ho, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Liberty Global
Georgia Juvelis, EVP, Corporate Communications, AMC Networks
Sloan Kennedy, Vice President, Partnership Management, WarnerMedia
Lee Schroeder, EVP, Government & Community Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer, Altice USA
Peri Shamsai, Managing Director, Accenture
Tina Simmons, SVP, Human Resources, Comcast Cable-Central Division
Michelle Strong, SVP, Content Distribution, A+E Networks

About WICT
WICT’s mission is to create women leaders who transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, WICT has partnered with cable and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,500 members strong, WICT is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in cable media. Charter Communications and Comcast NBCUniversal are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook/Instagram/LinkedIn/Twitter for more information.