Vibha Rustagi Named 2015 Women in Technology Award Winner

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Talton Gibson
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For Immediate Release:
8/31/2015

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Washington, DC - Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and Cablefax today named Vibha Rustagi the prestigious 2015 Women in Technology Award honoree. Rustagi, CEO of itaas, 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, sponsored by Bright House Networks, lauds the achievements of one woman who demonstrates outstanding professional achievement and significantly contributes to the advancement of the cable telecommunications industry.

"We are proud to honor Vibha with this well-deserved award. As a CEO and a technology leader, she is paving the way for other women to follow in her footsteps. It is fitting that in the award’s twentieth year, we recognize someone of her stature," said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO of WICT. 

The 2014 winner, Sherita Ceasar, Senior Vice President of National Video Deployment Engineering for Comcast, will present the 2015 Women in Technology Award during the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo®, October 13-16 in New Orleans. As the 2015 Women in Technology Award recipient, Rustagi will be featured in an upcoming issue of Cablefax along with a story detailing her accomplishments.

"Over the past two decades, the Women in Technology Award winners have been representative of the wide range of opportunities available to the cable technical workforce," said Lindsay Johnston, Senior Vice President, Operations for SCTE. "Vibha Rustagi is one of those rare individuals who has had an impact at every stop she has made as she has climbed the ladder of her career." 

"Vibha has been a key technologist and business leader in this industry for many years, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to recognize her many contributions," said Cablefax Associate Publisher Michael Grebb. "Vibha’s success has been nothing short of inspirational, and her unique ability to explain and evangelize the benefits of technology makes her the perfect choice for this year’s Women in Technology Award."

In addition to Ceasar, past recipients of the award include Stephanie Mitchko-Beale, Jennifer Yohe Wagner, Susan Adams, Leslie Ellis, Barbara Jaffe, Cyndee Everman, Carolyn Terry, Vicki Marts, Charlotte Field, Nomi Bergman, Marcie Anderson, Christy Martin, Sabrina Calhoun, Margaret Gaillard, Sally Kinsman, Sheri Sharp, Yvette Kanouff, Pam Nobles and Pam Arment.

About Vibha Rustagi
Vibha Rustagi leads itaas, a Cognizant Company. The company’s knowledge of the complete digital video ecosystem helps cutting-edge cable, telecommunications, and technology companies deliver a broad range of services to consumer devices such as set-tops, tablets, and smartphones. 

In 1999, Rustagi was one of the three founders of itaas and served as CEO and President until the 2014 acquisition by Cognizant, a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services. Her expertise and strategic vision grew itaas from a three-person start-up to a financially sound and successful company.

Having been involved in the cable and telecommunications industries for more than 20 years, Rustagi started her career at Scientific-Atlanta, now Cisco, where she was integrally involved in the design and launch of the first digital networks and was awarded seven patents. 

Rustagi holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a MBA from Georgia State University. Over the years, she has been honored by the cable industry – she is one of twelve cable executives in the Communications Technology Cable Hall of Fame and Cablefax named her one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable. Multichannel News spotlighted Rustagi as one of three women who have made significant achievements in technology positions. At the 2014 Cable Show, she was inducted into the Cable TV Pioneers. And, at the 2015 INTX Show, Rustagi was awarded the most prestigious award in the cable industry – The Vanguard Award for Associates and Affiliates.

About WICT
For over thirty-five years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research and services that help advance women in cable media. With 10,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast NBCUniversal, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Suddenlink Communications are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.

About SCTE
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is a non-profit professional association that provides technical leadership for the telecommunications industry and serves its members through professional development, standards, certification and information. SCTE operates globally via its International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE) brand. Visit SCTE online at 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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