Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Glenn Britt is undergoing treatment for a recurrence of cancer.
Britt acknowledged in a company-wide memo yesterday that a few weeks ago he had been diagnosed with cancer after having issues with his voice since this summer. Britt was diagnosed with melanoma five years ago.
Earlier this year, Britt announced that he would retire at the end of the year and that Rob Marcus would take over as the leader of Time Warner Cable.
“Some of you may not know that I am a cancer survivor; I had a bout with melanoma five years ago and at that time, received a clean bill of health,” Britt wrote in the memo. “Unfortunately, as is the case with many cancer patients, the cancer has recurred.
“I have begun treatment and am getting terrific care. I feel good and am optimistic about my prognosis. I have no intention of letting this cancer slow me down, and will continue to work until my retirement at the end of the year. I am thankful that the transition to Rob was planned early, and was well underway before I got sick. The transition has been seamless so far and is nearly complete.
“Glenn is more than our leader, he’s our friend, and I know I speak for everyone at TWC when I say he has our complete support,” said Marcus, who is currently president and chief operating officer at Time Warner Cable. “I’m confident that he’ll bring the same determination, strength and focus to his treatment as he has to leading our company.”
In his 41-year cable-related career, Britt has worked in finance, programming, venture investments, and programming positions. He has spearheaded services such as data and voice, which are now cornerstones of not only Time Warner Cable but of the cable industry as whole, as well as driven the development of multi-screen apps and services, Start Over, Look Back, and cloud-based user interfaces, to name a few.
He also worked diligently to give cable operators a better policy presence in Washington D.C. while championing causes such as diversity and education.
“Your well wishes mean the world to me, so thank you for all you have done and will continue to do to support me as I fight this illness,” Britt wrote at the conclusion of the memo.