In addition to executing labor agreements for Comcast’s West Division (which includes more than 21,000 employees), Davis makes deals with vendors and suppliers for this $13 billion division. Additionally, he champions diversity and inclusion efforts across the region and has launched additional employee resource groups this year, including Women in Tech Ops, the Veterans’ Network and OUT (LGBTQ and Straight Allies). Davis credits his boss, West Division Pres Steve White as his strongest mentor. “He is relentless about giving feedback,” Davis says. When searching for new employees, Davis looks for courage, a proven track record, a willingness to learn and passion about working on a team.
What’s the definition of diversity in 2014, and how can the cable industry do better in the area of inclusiveness?
The real question is Inclusion. Our industry has a representation of individuals from all walks of life and perspectives. Our challenge is how to leverage this capability better to drive more innovation. We must find more creative ways to build an environment that serves as a perpetual think tank that delivers innovative thought on a regular basis. We could learn a great deal from Silicon Valley companies in this area.
What’s been your company’s biggest innovation this year?
The future of television — our next generation X1 platform.
Who has been your strongest mentor, and why?
My boss, Steve White. He is relentless at giving feedback. I always know where I stand.
What qualities do you look for when making a new hire?
Courage; proven track record of results; willingness to learn; passion for working on a team; strong work ethic.
Name one emerging trend in cable we should all have our eye on.
Cloud-based content and functionality.