From the acquisition of Cablevision, to Altice USA’s IPO and its June spinoff from its parent company, Mink has overseen numerous company growth spurts. Her career began when cable companies only provided cable TV and traditional telephone services. “Now we are a connectivity company,” she says. “As we offer more and more services and continue to innovate, the finance organizations need to adapt to the requirements of these services and products and the impact they make on the business.”
What’s a recent example of a step forward for women in the media industry?
We are seeing many more women in high-level senior positions within the media industry. As I walk into meetings within my own company or attend conferences within the industry I am pleasantly surprised by the amount of talented woman who are now being recognized for their exceptional skills and are in key positions within their organizations. This is a huge step forward, but we still have more work to do.
Who is an inspirational woman you admire, and why?
I have two women that inspire me, my sisters. One is the owner of a restaurant business in NYC and the other plays a key role in a family-owned manufacturing business. They each impress and inspire me with their “work hard” and “never give up” attitudes. While their daily challenges are different, they successfully juggle work and family responsibilities and still find time to provide strength and support to me and to each other.
What’s been the most dramatic change in your sector of the business today vs. three years ago?
These are fast-paced, innovative times for our industry. When I started my career in the telecommunications realm we were a provider of cable TV services and traditional telephone services. Now we are a connectivity company—MVNO, home security, etc. As we offer more and more services and continue to innovate, the finance organizations need to adapt to the requirements of these services and products and the impact they make on the business.