In late March of this year, Comcast announced Smith’s promotion to his current position leading the legal team and providing counsel for packaging and pricing, marketing, procurement, commercial business services, new products, customer service and real estate. Smith has held a number of positions with the company including SVP and general counsel of Broadnet Europe sprl, formerly a foreign operating subsidiary of Comcast and of Comcast’s cellular operations. Additionally, Smith has served on a number of charitable boards in the Pennsylvania area.
What’s the definition of diversity in 2014, and how can the cable industry do better in the area of inclusiveness?
The definition of diversity is probably broader now than it’s ever been and I think that’s a testament to individual achievements. It’s great that we are talking about people of color, gender, sexual orientation, people with disabilities, and seeing people of those backgrounds reflected in our colleagues. Beyond attracting diverse employees, I think it’s important to focus on retention and advancement. Formal mentorship programs, diversity committees and various affinity groups really help.
Who has been your strongest mentor, and why?
I would say my parents. They have led and mentored me by example. They came to the U.S. with really nothing in the 70s and have built a family and a life that provided endless opportunities for education and advancement for my brothers and me. They have instilled in us a strong work ethic, honesty and integrity above else, and a constant desire to do better and achieve greater.
What qualities do you look for when making a new hire?
In a very fast-paced changing industry and dynamic company, I look for attention to detail, an enthusiasm for the work we do, and a willingness to go the extra mile.