Woman of the Year – Operator
Italia Commisso Weinand, EVP, Programming and Human Resources
Mediacom Communications Corporation
Woman of the Year – Programmer
Mary Campbell, Chief Merchandising & Interactive Officer
Qurate Retail Group
Woman to Watch – Operator
Kristine Faulkner, SVP, General Manager, Cox Home Security & Smart Home
Woman to Watch – Programmer
Izabella Wiley, General Manager, A+E Networks Poland & CEE
Woman to Watch – Technology
Leslie Miles, VP, Corporate Programs & Indirect Procurement
Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) announces the 2018 Woman of the Year – Operator, Italia Commisso Weinand, EVP, Programming and Human Resources, Mediacom Communications Corporation; and Woman of the Year – Programmer, Mary Campbell, Chief Merchandising & Interactive Officer, Qurate Retail Group. Woman of the Year is WICT’s highest individual accolade bestowed on individuals who embody WICT’s mission to develop women leaders who transform the industry. Honorees have achieved top industry top status and show great resolve to help others along their path.
WICT also announces the esteemed 2018 Woman to Watch honorees from an operator, programmer and technology company, respectively: Kristine Faulkner, SVP, General Manager, Cox Home Security & Smart Home, Cox Communications; Izabella Wiley, General Manager, A+E Networks Poland & CEE (Central and Eastern Europe), A+E Networks; and Leslie Miles, VP, Corporate Programs & Indirect Procurement, ARRIS. The Woman to Watch distinction recognizes leaders who show tremendous growth and progression through their professional accomplishments with a strong commitment to their companies and the industry at large.
Honorees will receive their awards during the WICT Touchstones Luncheon on Monday, October 15, at the New York Marriott Marquis, in conjunction with the annual WICT Leadership Conference, as part of Cable’s Diversity Week. AMC Networks returns as the exclusive Premier Sponsor of the Touchstones Luncheon.
"WICT is privileged to pay tribute to the outstanding leaders who comprise this year’s group of honorees," said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, WICT. "Each one has forged her own unique path, yet they all share a common thread — they make tremendous contributions to the industry and are committed to cultivating the next generation of women leaders. We look forward to recognizing their accomplishments during this year’s Touchstones Luncheon as part of Diversity Week 2018. And our special thanks goes to AMC Networks, returning as WICT’s Premier Sponsor of the Touchstones Luncheon."
About Italia Commisso Weinand
Since joining Mediacom Communications as its third employee, Italia Commisso Weinand has worked alongside her brother and fellow Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame honoree, Rocco B. Commisso, to build Mediacom into the nation’s fifth largest cable operator in the U.S., serving nearly 1.4 million customers primarily in the Midwest and Southeast.
Italia established the company’s early operations, human resources, marketing and programming policies, and developed a family-oriented, corporate culture based on fairness, diversity and career growth. Her reputation as a groundbreaker and risk-taker, as well as her business acumen, have helped Mediacom deliver on its promise to close the digital divide by providing broadband-based video, data and voice services to America’s smaller cities and towns. As a leader on programming issues and a former board member of NCTC, she has fought for economic fairness while building a Mediacom video brand comparable to the largest MSOs.
A Cable TV Pioneer, she was honored as a Wonder Woman by Multichannel News and the WICT New York Chapter in 2004. She serves on the board of The Cable Center, The Emma Bowen Foundation and Mediacom Communications Corporation, and is a past board member of Cable Positive and WICT. For the past consecutive ten years, Italia has been named one of the most powerful women in cable.
About Mary Campbell
Mary Campbell became Chief Merchandising and Interactive Officer for Qurate Retail Group in May 2018. In this role, Mary oversees Qurate Retail Group’s product leadership, platform evolution and consumer marketing agenda, curating exclusive assortments of compelling brands and products, and bringing them to life in highly engaging ways across the Group’s television networks, ecommerce sites, social pages, mobile apps, print catalogs and in-store destinations. Her team comprises Global Merchandising, the QVC US buying teams and the Interactive Commerce Experiences team, which together drive growth and innovation and provide support to the buying teams within HSN and zulily.
During her over 20 years with QVC, Inc., Mary has held various executive leadership positions across the Merchandising, Planning and Commerce Platforms functions. Most recently, she served as Chief Interactive Experience Officer, Qurate Retail Group, with responsibility for the Group’s ongoing transformation as one of the world’s largest multiplatform retailers.
A widely recognized leader in video commerce, ecommerce and social commerce, Mary’s numerous honors include: National Retail Federation 2018 Power Player, the Cablefax 100 and the Cablefax Most Innovative People in Multiscreen in 2017, Cablefax’s 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 Most Powerful Women in Cable, Philadelphia Business Journal’s Tech Disrupters in 2017, Multichannel News Women to Watch in 2016, and Main Line Today’s 2015 Power Women.
About Kristine Faulkner
Kristine Faulkner is senior vice president and general manager, Cox Home Security and Smart Home. She is the operational and innovative leader focused on driving growth of the Home Security and Smart Home market – one of Cox’s fastest growing services divisions. She leads and oversees all related operational strategies for this business unit and related to the Cox Homelife product line, including marketing, sales, customer experience and advanced services development.
A vocal proponent of advancing the role of women in the cable industry and business community, Kristine was named to the 2010 Class of Multichannel News Wonder Women. Kristine served as membership director for the WICT Atlanta (now Southeast) Chapter board in 2009 and 2010 and was also awarded the 2009 Red Letter Catalyst Award by the WICT Atlanta (now Southeast) Chapter. She has been recognized in CableWorld’s "Top Women in Cable Tech" and consistently recognized on Cablefax’s "Most Powerful Women in Cable" list over the years.
Kristine is a graduate of Class XVI of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI), WICT’s flagship executive leadership program.
About Izabella Wiley
Izabella Wiley oversees A+E Networks’ operations in 17 countries of Central and Eastern Europe, including Poland, Romania and Hungary. Her role involves driving new business, building multi-platform partnerships, forming program and communications strategies for A+E Networks portfolio of brands including HISTORY, Crime+Investigation, H2 and Lifetime. From incorporation of the company, through building a team to creating the channels, Izabella was key force behind growing A+E presence in Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw office has grown to be a regional hub for the CEE region.
In her over 20 years in television, Wiley prioritized and focused on championing women in media through personal mentorship, events and working in advocacy and women advancement organizations. She is the creator and host of the Women of Media Breakfast at PIKE, the biggest annual Polish cable media conference. The event was designed with the idea of giving female professionals a forum to network, exchange knowledge and reflect on the experience of working in the media industry. As Vice President of LiderShe, a Polish organization helping women across all industries, Izabella is actively involved in helping women outside of media sector advance in their careers by facilitating their exchange of knowledge and experience.
About Leslie Miles
Leslie Miles is Vice President of Corporate Programs and Indirect Procurement for ARRIS. She has been the driving force in successfully leading the integrations for ARRIS’s acquisition of the Motorola Home, Pace, and Brocade/Ruckus businesses over the last five years.
Leslie also leads ARRIS’s voice of the customer program, Customer CONNECT, overseeing customer interviews and internal action planning to help the company deliver on its core value of Customer First. Recently, Leslie was appointed to run ARRIS’s Indirect Procurement organization, where she manages ~$1B in spend, spanning multiple strategic categories.
Two years ago, Leslie served as the founding Board Chair for the newly-created ARRIS Women’s Business Network (AWBN), which fosters an environment to promote diversity, inclusiveness and the personal and professional development of all ARRIS employees. She has been instrumental in the launch and continued success of this organization, which is now over 900 members strong.
Leslie is a graduate of Class 35 of WICT’s Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI). She is an active member of the WICT Greater Chicago Chapter.
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 and Charter Communications are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.
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