And the Winners Are….
Launched in 2007, CTHRA’s Excellence in HR Awards program was created to honor HR professionals within the cable and satellite industry whose outstanding achievement, leadership and innovation have positively impacted business results. The caliber of nominations this year was incredibly strong, making the selections especially difficult.

Turner Broadcasting System’s Global Technology and Operations (GTO) HR Team was selected as the 2014 Team Innovator of the Year for its successful realignment of the visual effects and animation division of the company which resulted in increased internal utilization of the company’s Studio Effects. In his nomination of the HR team, Arthur David, VP of Effects, wrote, “My leadership team and I could not have asked for better partnership and expertise or more dedicated effort as we took unprecedented actions to reshape our organization and position us for future success.” In the next issue of HR Pulse, we’ll detail Turner Broadcasting System’s award-winning efforts.

The Aspiring Leader award recognizes an emerging HR professional whose fresh perspective, inventive ideas and innovative approach have positively impacted the leadership and culture of the organization. The individual must exhibit professional excellence and a commitment to his/her work in the cable and satellite industry. CTHRA’s 2014 Aspiring Leader is Beth Biggs, Senior Director of Benefits for Charter Communications. Since joining the company in 2010, Beth has been an invaluable resource with respect to driving quality programs, delivering results and ensuring Charter is competitive in its benefits offerings. Last year, Beth’s scope of responsibility was expanded to include mergers and acquisitions.

“Beth has demonstrated exceptional leadership as she positioned Charter for necessary changes including Health Care Reform. She brings innovation and an inventive approach to the programs she implements,” shared Abby Pfeiffer, SVP of HR for Charter Communications.

The recipient of the 2014 Leadership Excellence Award is Kerri St. Jean, SVP of HR for Comcast Cable, Northeast Division. Kerri has more than 20 years of experience in the cable industry and has held positions at Cablevision, MediaOne and AT&T Broadband. Throughout the years, she has been a visionary leader. Over the past five years, Comcast has evolved into a pay-for-performance culture that had its seeds in programs that launched and thrived on Kerri’s watch. In addition, The Northeast Division’s bonus program became the model for Comcast’s National Frontline Bonus Program that rewards Comcasters across the country for improvements in Customer Experience ScoreCard Metrics. The Northeast Division’s Compensation Center of Expertise (COE) served as the model for the enterprise-wide Compensation COE that Comcast HR has today. Furthermore, efforts on behalf of veterans and reservists in the Northeast Division have been instrumental in Comcast being included in G.I. Jobs’ annual list of the nation’s top military-friendly employers. Kerri’s nominator, William Strahan, EVP of HR for Comcast Cable, also touted Kerri’s achievements as a change agent, trusted advisor, people developer, and influencer.

We hope you’ll join us in Philadelphia on October 14 to honor these three deserving recipients at CTHRA’s Excellence in HR Awards Luncheon which will take place during our Insight & Impact Symposium. You can reserve your seat by registering now. The 2014 honorees will also be featured in CTHRA’s HR Pulse member newsletter and in Multichannel News. We are pleased to have the awards sponsored by Multichannel News.

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