David L. Cohen
Title: EVP, Comcast Corp.
Years in Cable: 13
Education: BA, Swarthmore College; JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Title: EVP & General Counsel, NBCUniversal
Years in Cable: 3
Education: Harvard; JD, Yale
D’Arcy F. Rudnay
Title: EVP & Chief Communications Officer, Comcast Corp.
Years in Cable: 10+
Education: BA, Trinity College; MS; University of Pennsylvania
Talk about a triple threat. Cohen is one of Comcast’s top officers, who also serves as the company’s Chief Diversity Officer. His broad portfolio of responsibilities include corporate communications, legal, administration, government affairs and community investment. He works closely with non-profits including the United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Rudnay acts as communications counsel to the Chairman and CEO and other executive team members as she leads management of the company’s brand. She most recently led the strategic communications activities around the announcement of the $45 billion Time Warner Cable acquisition. In just over a year on the job, Harris aided NBCUniversal in one of the highest profile legal fights facing the entertainment industry. Her legal and strategic guidance was critical in helping broadcasters win the case against Aereo, which was poised to greatly affect the broadcast business.
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year? I have to go with two: Talking Guide and Voice Remote. Our Talking Guide has revolutionized the way people with visual disabilities enjoy television. And the Voice Remote takes search and discovery to an entirely new level.
Favorite screen: A huge HDTV.
Apple iWatch or Rolex? Rolex.
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram, any day.
What technology will most benefit cable over the next year? DOCSIS 3.1 is going to change the speed game for our industry. When deployed, it will enable us to deliver 1-Gig speeds and higher to virtually all of our customers.
Favorite vacation spot: My beach house in Avalon, N.J., or the Amalfi Coast.