Mary Meduski

EVP/CFO, Suddenlink

A longtime member of our Most Powerful Women In Cable class, Meduski possesses a rare blend of keen financial acumen and equally honed approachability. No wonder she continues to impress as one of the industry’s top female executives. “We have a well-defined culture statement at Suddenlink outlining our core values that we try to live by every day,” she says. “Sticking close to those core values will ensure that we have highly satisfied employees, family members, customers, and investors.” One of Suddenlink’s top three decision-makers, she helped steer the company through its purchase last November by BC Partners and the CPP Investment Board, and she continues to set its strategic development plans. Meduski also serves as Chair of the National Board of WICT.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love helping to develop—as managers and leaders—Suddenlink’s talented employees who have made us a consistent industry leader over the last ten years.
 
What’s been the biggest story in cable this year?
The biggest story has been talk of potential consolidation among industry participants. Rising programming and RTC expenses and technology development costs drive the discussion around the need for economies of scale. The broadcast industry has seen significant consolidation this year and programming networks are already well consolidated. It remains to be seen whether major cable operators will consolidate but there is a lot of talk about it.
 
How do you define success in the workplace?
We have a well-defined culture statement at Suddenlink outlining our core values that we try to live by every day. Sticking close to those core values will ensure that we have highly satisfied employees, family members, customers, and investors.
 
Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?

It took some time to learn this, but delegation is one of the keys to a better personal-professional life balance. Delegation refers to both responsibility AND authority, so second guessing is very counter-productive. Empowering employees in this way also greatly increases their satisfaction. So it is a win-win situation.

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