President, Advance/Newhouse Partnership

During a year of great change, Bergman continues to shine. The former Bright House president stands among the most influential leaders in the industry, having helped steer it through numerous evolutions. A testament to her influence, she recently was named to the board of two forward-looking technology companies: Visteon, a manufacturer of cockpit electronics and connected car products, and Mediamorph, a cloud-based rights management system for programmers and distributors. No surprise, when asked the biggest recent story in cable Bergman says, “Certainly, the consolidation, which affected several MSOs, including Bright House, is an indicator of how our industry is evolving, facing national competitors with great resources, on both the content & distribution sides of our business.”

Which sector of the cable industry best demonstrates gender equality? Which could use some enlightenment? 

The industry has shown meaningful progress in including women in positive images in our content and in leadership roles with the companies. Yet, I am not sure I would feel comfortable selecting one sector over another.  A recent study by the Peterson Institute found that companies with higher proportions of women in upper management (and importantly, at the Board level) achieve higher profits.  Undoubtedly, our industry would benefit by treating gender diversity like the business imperative it is.

 

What advice would you give your 13-year-old self? 

I would tell my 13-year-old self to eat more vegetables and protein, so that I might grow taller!

 

What’s been the biggest story in cable this year? 

Certainly, the consolidation, which affected several MSOs, including Bright House, is an indicator of how our industry is evolving, facing national competitors with great resources, on both the content & distribution sides of our business.

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