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Kathy Timko

Title: CEO, Canoe Ventures

Years in Cable: 3

Education: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech; MS, Computer Science, Boston U

Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Energy and persistence conquer all.

Why Her? Taking the reins at cable’s collaborative advanced TV venture makes Timko one of the most influential leaders in the industry. Since joining Canoe in 2009, she’s proven she’s up to the job—so much so that she became CEO in July. This year, Canoe propelled growth of its national ITV platform to more than 20 million households, now reaching more than 20% of the total U.S. multichannel market, 46% of digital cable households and 21 of the top 25 DMAs. Advertisers are taking note of its growing network roster – including AMC, Style, E!, Bravo, Discovery, History and, soon, USA – but there’s work to be done. Up next: advancing its national dynamic ad insertion for free VOD.

How to Get Ahead in Advertising: Canoe is partnering with the Association of National Advertisers on a collaborative research endeavor coined CEE MEE.

Year Ahead: Canoe is all about scale. Timko needs to broaden the ITV footprint beyond Canoe’s founding MSOs—still not an easy sell.

The one burning question I have for Siri on my iPhone 4S:  When is the iPhone 5 going to be released?

My favorite meal that I can also prepare myself:  Lasagna

The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: The integration of the iPad into cable service delivery is a really significant innovation; we’ve only scratched the surface of what this means. 

Favorite restaurant:  Ninety Acres at Natirar (Peapack, N.J.) and Boyer Les Crayères (Reims, France)

My favorite “going out” town: Paris

The one thing I tell my kids about success in life: “The more you do, the more you can do.”

Worst thing I’ve ever heard someone say in a meeting: “It can’t be done.”

Favorite sports team: NY Yankees

Favorite vacation spot:  British Virgin Islands on a sail boat

My guilty television pleasure: “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report”

When I look at my cable set-top box, I can’t help but think: It has been such an amazing vehicle for enabling services that have changed peoples’ lives… I wonder about how to continue leveraging the set-top box while we welcome new devices into the fold.

If I invented my own app it would: answer my email ?

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