Years in Cable: 15
Education: Michigan State University
In what may be one of Comcast’s best-balanced leadership teams, Haase, Oster and Thurston have turned Comcast Spotlight into an industry leader generating more than $2.5 billion in revenue from a market reaching approximately one in three US households. Perhaps the biggest key to their success is their shared belief in cultivating, empowering and recognizing employees at all levels of the organization. Growth in Spotlight’s top categories—auto, political, digital, and sports—boosted revenue as the I+ platform expanded to new markets, and the Comcast Media 360 unit continued attracting new advertisers to spot cable advertising. In short, this trio’s efforts are uniting once-fragmented audiences across all networks, providers and devices, to ensure advertisers’ messages are reaching viewers whenever they’re watching and wherever they are.