Colleen Abdoulah

Title: Chairwoman/CEO, WOW!

Years in Cable: 27

Education: MBA

Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Never give advice; just tell stories.

Why Her? Abdoulah’s had a big year. Not only did WOW! complete its digital transition—no small feat—but this summer she was named chairwoman of the American Cable Assn. The policy role is a good one for the Abdoulah, a perennial voice for small and mid-sized operators on retrans, universal service and Internet policy. WOW! lost no time adding HD channels in the wake of the digital upgrade, and the company is also finishing a transition of its CMTS plant to support DOCSIS 3.0.

Top-Tier: The DOCSIS upgrade allows WOW! to add two new, faster Internet tiers sure to make streaming and gaming customers smile

Year Ahead: Expect WOW! to continue capitalizing on its upgrade investments.

If I had to pick a personal theme song, it would be: “I Will Testify to Love!”

My favorite “going out” town: The Big Apple

The one thing I tell my kids about success in life: It’s how you live it that will matter, not what you have.

Worst thing I’ve ever heard someone say in a meeting: Nothing, because they were sleeping

Guilty television pleasure: “Grey’s Anatomy” ?

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