Wichser oversees Pop’s finance, accounting, human resources and ad sales pricing and planning departments. The former CBS corporate development executive evaluated investment opportunities, contracts and real estate transactions for CBS’ cable networks, interactive and film divisions, and led research and analysis for strategic initiatives, including acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner is the big cable story of 2016, she says. “Not only the size of the transaction, but also the implications for both the cable/satellite and media industries. It will be very interesting to see what the combined company does differently in terms of innovation.”

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