Title: EVP, Distribution, NBCU
Age: Eternally youthful
Education: BS, Boston College; MBA, Fordham U
Social Media Quotient: 1
Why Him? We’d be hard pressed to name a more dedicated executive or a more decent human being than Ahn, who joined his colleague Mary Murano as our affiliate salespersons of the year in ’09 (large networks). Ahn’s combination of smarts and personality helped him lock down distribution deals for NBCU’s 16 cable nets in ’08-’09 with major carriers as well as pacts for Beijing Olympics carriage.
Done Good: A Cable Positive board member, Ahn quietly delivered meals to homebound AIDS patients during the ’09 Cable Show in DC.
The Year Ahead:
Yes, the Comcast purchase looms large, but Ahn should remain in good shape.
Favorite Food: Philly Cheesesteak from Jake’s
Drink of Choice: Water before 5pm, wine after.
Last Book Read: Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas Friedman
Favorite iPhone/Blackberry App: Sirius Radio (iPhone); Brickbreaker (BB)
Trait I Most Admire: Self-deprecating humor
Childhood Hero: Underdog
Favorite Show Not on NBCU: Entourage
Best Business Advice: Work with people you like, especially if they are smarter than you.