American Cable Association Robert E. Shema to VP and COO, from regional senior director of government and community affairs, Comcast Pittsburgh. BroadLogic Network Technologies Mike Hayashi, SVP-advanced engineering and subscriber technologies, Time Warner Cable, and Mark Leschly, managing partner, Rho Ventures, to the board of directors. Comcast Gerard Kunkel to president of IPG development group GuideWorks; previously he formed, a technology and systems consulting organization specializing in digital TV navigation products. Court TV Marlene Dann to EVP, daytime programming, from VP, daytime division. CTHRA The Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association announced its 2005 board of directors. CTHRA’s 2005 officers are: president, Brian C. Koenig, Scientific-Atlanta; immediate past president, John W. Jackson, C-SPAN; VP, Beth Arnholt, Comcast Cable; secretary, Julie B. Cookson, Scripps Networks; and treasurer, Juan L. Munoz, Time Warner Cable. Disney/ESPN Justin Connolly to VP-business strategy, affiliate sales and marketing, from director, business strategy. Lori Conkling to VP-national accounts, affiliate sales and marketing, from director, national accounts. John Porio to VP-national accounts, affiliate sales and marketing, from director of national accounts, Eastern division. Robyn Remick to VP-integrated marketing, affiliate sales and marketing, from executive director, affiliate sales, Eastern region. Insight Media Mike Wilczynski to regional VP, Indiana, from regional general manager, central Indiana region. Mark Spilman to regional VP, Kentucky, from director of operations, Comcast Spotlight, Kentucky. NAMIC Manish Jha, SVP, ESPN Mobile, to president. In addition to Jha, the members of NAMIC’s new executive committee are: immediate past president, Jenny Alonzo, SVP-production, promotion planning and multicultural strategies, Lifetime Entertainment Services; VP, Mae Douglas, SVP and chief people officer, Cox; secretary, Andrew Givens, regional marketing director, Scripps Networks; treasurer, Albert Cheng, SVP, Disney and ESPN Networks; and EVP, Kathy Johnson. National Geographic Jocelyn Shearer to director, sales, National Geographic Film Library, from director of film sales and services for Corbis Motion. Viacom Betsy Frank to EVP-research and planning, cable networks, film and publishing; she joined MTV Networks in 1997 as EVP-research and planning. Weather Channel Melody Faye Hanna to VP-compensation, benefits and HRIS, from director of global compensation, Scientific-Atlanta.

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