In the midst of a pandemic, Altice USA has thrived under Goei’s leadership. The company introduced Altice Mobile in September 2019, which now has more than 140,000 subscribers. He oversaw the company’s acquisition of Service Electric, expanding Optimum’s footprint in New Jersey. And then there was his surprise, unsolicited bid for Cogeco in an effort to add Atlantic Broadband to the Altice USA portfolio. While the $7.8 billion offer was rejected, Goei has vowed to continue to pursue the assets. During the coronavirus crisis, Goei led the creation of Altice’s $10 million community relief program, supporting local businesses and charitable organizations in its footprint. Diversity and inclusion is a priority for Goei, who oversees Altice’s D&I executive council and helped the company achieve a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Equality Index. “Focusing on your people creates a culture of inclusion and fosters a community that encourages all employees to be themselves and offer different perspectives than their colleagues,” he says.
The conversation about racial injustice in 2020 has been… impactful in encouraging thoughtful, open discussions around race and allyship in our society, focusing on how we can all come together to make a difference.
In what ways can companies best show a sincere commitment to diversity and inclusion?
Companies can show a sincere commitment to diversity and inclusion by focusing their efforts internally. Focusing on your people creates a culture of inclusion and fosters a community that encourages all employees to be themselves and offer different perspectives than their colleagues. At Altice, we face the tough conversations head-on to show our employees our commitment to them, which in turn helps us be a better company for our customers and improves the business.
What are some of the tough conversations this industry needs to have?
The industry needs to discuss how it can increase diversity and create more diverse workplaces at all levels. Within the telecom industry, the more diverse our workforces can be, the better, as diversity allows us to better relate to the customers we serve in communities of all backgrounds.