Brian Sweeney
Title: Senior EVP, Strategy and Chief of Staff, Cablevision Systems
Number of Years in Cable: 20
Education: BA, computer science, University of Virginia; MBA, finance, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Keep it simple.

Why Him? As Cablevision continues to reinvent itself, Sweeney works to ensure that everything the MSO does now ties into its long-term strategic vision. His track record speaks for itself. As the former SVP of e-media, he helped develop the Optimum streaming video app that has more than 1 million downloads and features navigation that is so good, the company opted to deploy a similar style across its entire digital video product suite. One advantage: Sweeney has worked almost everywhere in the company with touchpoints in ad sales, affiliate sales, programming, information systems, technology architecture, engineering, financial management, etc. No wonder he’s the guy keeping the strategic trains running on time.

Apple or Samsung? Apple

Beatles or The Rolling Stones? Beatles

On a Saturday afternoon, you can find me… coaching soccer.

This is the hobby I’ve been itching to try, but haven’t found time: Kite boarding

Appetizer or dessert? Dessert

Film fest or music festival? Music festival

The other subject I wish I’d picked for my college major: Philosophy

Favorite decade? ’80s

I watch the majority of programming on this device: Television

Netflix or Hulu? Netflix

If I could tell my 21-year-old self something today, it would be… be patient.

Favorite vacation spot? Caribbean Islands ?

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