Title: EVP, Consumer Services, Comcast Cable
Years in Cable: 3
Education: BA, New York University; MBA, the Darden School at the University of Virginia
Best Advice: Don’t be afraid to take risks.
Title: Chief Business Development Officer, Comcast Cable
Education: BS, University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering & Applied Science; MBA, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Years in Cable: 15+
Best Advice: Choosing between Column A and Column B, Always Pick Column C.
Jenckes and Schwartz are on the cutting edge of innovation at Comcast. In addition to overseeing the company’s consumer services and home products, Jenckes heads up the team tasked with rolling out the cloud-enabled X1 Entertainment Operating System. Meanwhile Schwartz has led Comcast’s groundbreaking innovation partnership with Twitter to establish the SEEiT platform that allows Twitter users to instantly view shows or program their DVRs with a click. Schwartz is also heavily involved in strategic deals with Google, Facebook, Netflix, Apple and others while helping define and incubate Comcast’s next-generation businesses.
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: Launch of EST
The technology that will most benefit cable over the next year is: X1 Platform
Dish I can make and that would impress a celebrity chef: Paella
I watch the majority of programming on this device: TV
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: Passing the 1 million mark in X1 homes
Twitter or Instagram? Twitter with SEEiT tuning
My favorite newfound hobby: Flying! I’ve spent six of the last nine weeks in Silicon Valley
One thing I would do all the time if I could: Travel with my kids
Favorite Cable Show memory: Julian Brodsky, who hired me into the industry, joking, “Nothing good ever happened here that didn’t happen over red meat and red wine.”
Favorite Restaurant: House of Nanking in Chinatown, San Francisco
Favorite vacation spot: Bethany Beach, Delaware
Favorite TV show as a kid: “Hawaii 5-0,” the Jack Lord version