Rob Kennedy, C-Span

Years in Industry: 40

Education: BSEE, University of Illinois; MBA, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

Call it C-SPAN-19, but the pandemic has forced cable’s crown jewel to change how it does just about everything—and the network has done so seamlessly thanks to the steady and seasoned leadership of co-CEOs Kennedy and Swain. Whether it’s social distancing for technicians in the production studio or keeping up morale and the C-SPAN culture when most employees are working remotely, this longtime duo continues to keep alive a public service that has become even more important amid so much partisan squabbling in an election year. “If the information is good, you adjust to the less than perfect environment that people are in,” Swain told us. Adds Kennedy: “It’s another opportunity to show the cable industry was onto something when it created this public service.”

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