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8/14/2017

Deborah Picciolo Named 2017 Women in Technology Award Winner

Award Presented Jointly by WICT, SCTE•ISBE and Cablefax at SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo

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Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its global arm, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), and Cablefax today named Deborah Picciolo the prestigious 2017 Women in Technology Award honoree. Picciolo, the Senior Vice President of the West Region for Charter Communications, is one of the most highly regarded professionals in cable technology.
 
The Women in Technology Award was first launched in 1995 to recognize and honor leading women in cable technology. The annual award lauds the achievements of one woman who demonstrates outstanding professional achievement and significantly contributes to the advancement of the cable telecommunications industry.
 
“We are all extremely proud to present Debi with this award. Her strong track record of leading technology development and implementation, as well as her support of women in the technology sector, makes her most deserving of this distinction,” said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO of WICT. 
 
The 2016 winner, Theresa Hennesy, will present the 2017 Women in Technology Award during SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo®, October 17-20 in Denver, CO. As the 2017 Women in Technology Award recipient, Picciolo will be featured in an upcoming issue of Cablefax with an article detailing her numerous accomplishments.
 
“Throughout her career, Debi Piccolo has taken the initiative to rethink industry norms and create superior customer experiences, such as the one-hour service appointment windows that are now standard for residential customers within Charter’s West region,” said Mark Dzuban, President and CEO of SCTE•ISBE.  “Her dedication to achieving business results and her commitment to mentoring others in the industry made her a natural selection for this honor.” 
 
“In a time of such industry disruption, Deborah Picciolo is one of the few technology executives who understands both the history of how we got here—as well as the strategic vision necessary to move forward,” said Cablefax Publisher Michael Grebb. “Her focus on the customer experience couldn’t be more important in this age of fragmentation. She’s truly deserving of this recognition.”
 
In addition to Hennesy, past recipients of the award include Vibha Rustagi, Sherita Ceasar, Stephanie Mitchko-Beale, Jennifer Yohe Wagner, Susan Adams, Leslie Ellis, Barbara Jaffe, Carolyn Terry, Vicki Marts, Charlotte Field, Nomi Bergman, Christy Martin, Yvette Kanouff, Pam Nobles and Pam Arment.
 
About Deborah Picciolo
Deborah Picciolo is the Senior Vice President of the West Region for Charter Communications.  In her role, Picciolo is responsible for leading regional operations in Southern California, Arizona, and Hawaii.    

Her many accomplishments include the consolidation of the Southern California Market, leading operations integration for the region, and the launch of many new products and services during her tenure, including WiFi, Internet Service, IP Phone, Switched-Circuit Phone, Digital Video and VOD. She is a true operations leader committed to excellence in technology, products, services, employee development, change management and customer service..    

Ms. Picciolo began her cable industry career at the former Continental Cablevision in 1987, serving in various Sales, Marketing, VP/GM capacities consolidating and integrating various systems across the Southern California markets.  She has since held executive operations positions at Media One, AT&T Broadband, Comcast, and most recently at Time Warner Cable as RVP PacWest market and SVP Of Technical Operations. She joined Charter in May 2016.

Ms. Picciolo attended the University of California Los Angeles, WICT’s Senior Executive Summit at Stanford and CTAM-U at Northwestern. She is an active member of SCTE•ISBE and WICT. She has received several distinguished awards including WICT’s Woman to Watch, Cablefax’s Most Powerful Women in Cable award, the Cablefax Top Operators award for 2010 Regional Executive of the Year, and California Diversity Magazine’s award for Most Power & Influential Women in California. She currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for the California Cable Television Association (CCTA) and Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee. She is also an advocate of the Christopher & Dane Reeve Foundation, dedicated to curing spinal cord injury. 
 
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 nearly 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 10,000 members strong, WICT is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in cable media. Comcast NBCUniversal, Charter Communications, and Turner are WICT's Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.
 
About SCTE•ISBE
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is part of a unique ecosystem that has the power to prepare the workforce to meet the ever-changing demands of the Telecommunications Industry. Our members can realize streamlined delivery of products and services, improved customer satisfaction, and increased employee retention rates directly impacting business results. In cooperation with our partners, CableLabs® and NCTA, SCTE prepares tomorrow’s telecommunications leaders by communicating new Industry trends and technology, developing standards, and delivering relevant training and certification programs to enhance members’ expertise and professional development. SCTE and its global brand, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), build value for corporate, vendor, and individual members by creating peer networking opportunities, professional mentoring, and communication of Industry information. Visit www.scte.org. Connect with SCTE at www.scte.org/socialmedia
 
About Cablefax
Cablefax is the most trusted brand in the industry, providing cable executives with the most original, comprehensive and insightful overview of the latest industry news and strategic initiatives. Cablefax offerings include a wide range of resources for cable professionals, including Cablefax Daily, Cablefax: The Magazine, award programs, webinars, and networking events. For more information, visit www.Cablefax.com.
 
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