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Comcast Cable ups Penna to SVP of HR

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 2:05pm
Mike Robuck

Comcast's Melanie PennaComcast Cable recently promoted Melanie Penna to the position of senior vice president of human resources service delivery.

In her new position, Penna leads the human resources operations team that is responsible for strategy and ongoing development of the SAP Human Capital Management system and oversees human resources for many of the company's key business functions. She reports to William Strahan, executive vice president of human resources at Comcast Cable.

"Melanie has done an incredible job and is highly valued on our team and across the organization for her expertise in operational execution, change management and leadership development," said Strahan. "She always leads by example and tackles every project with strategic insight while consistently delivering exceptional results."

Penna joined Comcast in 1995 and was promoted to vice president of human resources in 1999. Over the years, she assumed increased responsibilities, including partnering with senior leadership to ensure that the HR function aligns with and supports company business objectives by overseeing due diligence, transition strategy, communications, and the implementation of mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Comcast, Penna was responsible for employee relations issues at Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation (AHERF) and handled compensation issues at Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania. Before her career in human resources, she was a member of the litigation team at Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis and a member of the labor and employment team at Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen.

Penna is a member of Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT), where she served on the executive committee and on the national board as chair. In 2004, she was an inaugural recipient of the WICT – Philadelphia Liberty Award, and in 2005 received the Young Executive of Distinction Award by the Pyramid Club Young Executives Committee. She is also a member of Cable & Telecommunications' Human Resources Association, Society for Human Resources Management, Professional Women's Roundtable, and the Forum of Executive Women in both Delaware and Philadelphia.

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