Tireless strategist Jain’s ability to visualize and adapt to continual changes in the industry led to Insight’s impressive five consecutive years of basic consumer growth. And those results also convinced Time Warner Cable to spend some $3 billion to buy the 13th largest MSO, which has earned kudos over the years for its deft management and operational success in a tough economy. Jain seldom seeks credit, but he has long overseen all aspects of the company’s business under the watchful eye of CEO Michael Willner – and that includes contractual deals with programmers and vendors. This year, Jain oversaw the development of new network cn|2, which will debut this fall as a 24-hour hub for local news, coverage of the 2012 political campaign and sports – the latter a perfect fit for this consummate sports fanatic. We’re not sure where Jain will land after the Time Warner Cable deal closes, but we know one thing: His operational fingerprints will grace those systems for years to come.