After launching TV Everywhere to more than 70% of Scripps Networks Interactive’s customers—and receiving a Vanguard Award last year —Ahn and his team are already working to redefine the video experience across all platforms. He credits a series of mentors for helping him reach his potential, including John Lansing, Bridget Baker and David Zaslav. “I’ve been very fortunate throughout my career to have worked for some remarkable leaders. Each of these industry superstars has given me game-changing guidance and empowered me to excel at my job,” he says. “They pushed me to stretch beyond what I believed I could do. I am indebted to them, and I try to pass along to others what they gave me.”

Who has been your strongest mentor, and why?

I’ve been very fortunate throughout my career to have worked for some remarkable leaders including John Lansing, Bridget Baker and David Zaslav. Each of these industry superstars has given me game-changing guidance and empowered me to excel at my job. They pushed me to stretch beyond what I believed I could do. I am indebted to them, and I try to pass along to others what they gave me.

What qualities do you look for when making a new hire?

I try to look for someone who has a lot of passion and curiosity; someone willing to put in the effort required to achieve whatever the task is to his or her fullest ability.

Name one emerging trend in cable we should all have our eyes on.

The continued convergence of video content between television and the internet. Our business continues to evolve into a multi-platform connected experience.

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