John Schanz

Title: EVP & Chief Network Officer, Comcast Cable
Years in Cable: 8
Education: Bachelor’s in Engineering, Manhattan College, Riverdale, N.Y.
Best Advice: Customer-driven with urgency trumps all…

Tony Werner

Title: EVP & Chief Technology Officer, Comcast Cable
Years in Cable: 37+
Education: Dakota County Technical College, Minnesota
Best Advice: Don’t bet against Cable.

In 2013, Schanz and Werner helped Comcast rank 37 on InfoWeek’s 500 list for its innovative use of technology. Schanz was pivotal in developing a technology strategy to deploy new, complementary communications products and services, such as a private cloud computing network that leverages IP technology, and infrastructure to power next-generation consumer experiences. Werner guides technology strategy and evolving network architecture, supporting next-gen consumer systems and technologies, infrastructure and engineering, network integration and management tools including the X1 Entertainment Operating System. As the head of Comcast Labs, Werner shepherds thousands of engineers, product designers and experience architects as they work to create tomorrow’s products.


I watch the majority of programming on this device: Big screen for entertainment immersion

The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: Software-enabled platforms

My favorite newfound hobby: Climbing mountains, see

The technology that will most benefit cable over the next year is: Cloud technologies

Favorite Restaurant: Davios

Favorite vacation spot: Must have a body of water

Beach or mountains? Beach

Favorite TV show as a kid: “Saturday Night Live”

The last time I had a good laugh: Daily per one of my operating rules!!

Dish I can make and that would impress a celebrity chef: Seafood pasta made annually on my wife’s birthday


The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: X1 Platform

My favorite newfound hobby: Photography

The technology that will most benefit cable over the next year is: DOCSIS 3.1 Not quite in year, but this will be a big deal.

Favorite Restaurant: REX 1516

Favorite vacation spot: Philadelphia

Beach or mountains? Both

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