Title: VP of Content, GCI
Years in Cable: 31
Education: BA, Communications & Business, University of St. Thomas
One Word that Best Describes Me: Persistent
Title: General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & SVP Governmental Affairs, GCI
Years in Cable: 20+
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Government and International Affairs, University of Notre Dame; JD, University of Virginia, School of Law
One Word that Best Describes Me: Efficient
Over the last nearly four decades, GCI has grown to become the largest telecommunications provider in Alaska with almost $1 billion in revenue. Ormberg continues to negotiate contract renewals with several major programming groups, continuing to grow the GCI Channel viewership and expand over-the-top content and other Internet-delivered video services. Pidgeon serves as a strategic leader for legal, regulatory, compliance, and policy initiatives, playing an instrumental role in GCI’s growth and development.
What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible packaging? Cable operators will provide more choices for their customers by partnering with over-the-top services and offering skinny bundles of existing programming.
What was your first job? Door to door sales with Continental Cable in St. Paul, MN
Favorite charity event you work with: GCI’s Alaska Academic Decathlon
“Star Trek” celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. So if Mr. Spock’s motto is “Live Long and Prosper,” mine is… Work hard. Play hard.
What was the last costume that you wore and why? Mr. Incredible for Halloween
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Watching a movie with the family
I watch the majority of programming on this device: TV
My personal theme song is: “We Are the Champions” by Queen
Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii in the winter and my Alaskan cabin in the summer
What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible packaging? Bright … if innovative providers could get some flexibility with our programming contracts.
Last show I watched not on my network(s): “Fortitude” (crime and drama for the Arctic!)
New favorite binge: “Transparent”
My cable industry mentor and why: I have three: Ron Duncan for innovation and imagination; Bridget Baker for connecting ideas and people; and Steve Brett for sensible thinking.
I watch the majority of programming on this device: iPad mini
Favorite Podcast: Serial
Favorite vacation spot: Harbor Island, Bahamas