Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) named Christine Driessen, executive vice president and chief financial officer, ESPN, as its 2014 Woman of the Year.
WICT also announced the 2014 Woman to Watch honorees: Jennifer Mirgorod, executive vice president of brand distribution for Turner Broadcasting System and Deborah Picciolo, senior vice president of technical operations, residential services for Time Warner Cable (TWC).
The Woman of the Year award is bestowed on a woman who has made increasingly significant contributions throughout her career to her company and the overall cable telecommunications industry.
Driessen oversees all of ESPN's financial operations worldwide and serves as financial advisor on strategic planning for all acquisitions, new business ventures, programming initiatives and distribution agreements.
Driessen's strong business acumen has most recently played a key role in the company's major multimedia programming rights deals, including an historic 20-year agreement with the SEC to create and operate a multiplatform network. Driessen has been instrumental in the launches of ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3 and espnW as well as negotiating agreements for ESPN's foreign investments. Driessen joined ESPN in August 1985.
TheWoman to Watchaward is bestowed on women who show tremendous promise for transforming the industry through their professional accomplishments.
Mirgorod manages the account management team at Turner, developing strategic content distribution and marketing initiatives for Turner's news and entertainment networks to serve distribution partners throughout the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
She is part of the team responsible for deal renewal strategy for TNS, as well as expanding linear content distribution opportunities. Additionally, Mirgorod oversees the affiliate marketing department and Turner Private Networks.
Picciolo has more than 25 years of experience in the cable and telecommunications industry. She became senior vice president of technical operations, residential services for TWC in May 2013. In this role, Picciolo is charged with creating a best-in-class field operations organization and implementing best practices across the entire Technical Operations organization of TWC. Previously, she served as Regional Vice President of Operations for the PacWest Region of the company.
"WICT is proud to honor these three highly accomplished professionals," saidMaria E. Brennan, president & CEO of WICT. "Each honoree exemplifies the WICT Touchstones of Leadership, and as we celebrate their outstanding achievements, we encourage others to emulate their success."
The awards will be presented during the WICT Touchstones Luncheon on September 15 at the New York Marriott Marquis, in conjunction with the annual WICT Leadership Conference and during Cable's Diversity Week. The WICT Touchstones Luncheon is sponsored by AMC Networks.