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Glenn Britt, former Time Warner Cable CEO, has died

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:34am
Brian Santo

Glenn Britt, Time Warner Cable’s former chairman and CEO, passed away this morning at the age of 65 at his home in New York City.

Rob Marcus, who succeeded Britt as TWC chairman & CEO, said, “Glenn left us with a legacy of innovation, integrity and inclusion.  We were guided for many years by his strong belief that a company must be willing to reinvent itself to be successful; his commitment to saying what you mean and doing what you say; and his conviction that a richly diverse workforce – diverse in ethnicity, culture, beliefs, perspectives, experiences and lifestyles – is necessary to best serve our diverse customers and communities.  He will long be remembered for his thoughtful and steady leadership through rapidly changing times in the communications field.

“Glenn was a leader, colleague, mentor, role model and friend who will be greatly missed,” Marcus said.

Britt was CED’s Person of the Year in 2013. Our interview and career retrospective is here.

Brian L. Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast, said, "Glenn Britt was an incredible leader, visionary, and for decades he was a wonderful friend and mentor.  He was a key part of our industry’s growth and success and was a true leader in every respect.  His focus on helping others was heartwarming, and his competitive spirit was inspiring.  He will be deeply missed."

 In his 41-year cable-related career, Britt 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.

Britt also worked diligently to give cable operators a better policy presence in Washington, D.C., while championing causes such as diversity and education.

He is the recipient of many industry honors, including the NCTA's 2006 Vanguard Award for "Distinguished Leadership", the NAMIC Stanley B. Thomas Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2005 Kaitz Foundation Diversity Champion and the 2004 CTPAA Presidents Award. In 2007, he was elected to the Cable Hall of Fame.

Time Warner Cable has set up a tribute page.

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