Digital, Technical and Executive Compensation Soars in 2015
Incentives, Amenities and Culture Critical to Winning Talent Race
By Pamela Williams, CAE, Executive Director, CTHRA

CTHRA’s 2015 Compensation Surveys found that the most sought-after talent, individuals with digital and technical skills, garnered the highest salary increases this year. Also, both MSOs and programmers pushed bonus eligibility deeper into their organizations. Lisa Kaye of greenlightjobs, David Crossen of NBC Broadcasting and Distribution, Hali Croner of The Croner Company, Vicki Williams of NBCUniversal Media and Tom Byrum of Time Warner Cable share their insight on key trends. [read the article]


Top Articles From 2015
In 2015, industry HR professionals faced several trends and emerging issues. An esteemed group of topic experts were willing to share their insight and best practices in HR Pulse. In case you missed one, we’ve featured the top articles of the year:

21st Century Unconscious Bias – The POWER That Lies Beneath
By Kimberly S. Reed, Managing Partner, Reed Development Group

Disengaged Employees Devastate Business Results 
By Chris Powell, CEO, BlackbookHR  

Awards Deliver a Bevy of Benefits
By William Strahan, EVP of HR, Comcast Cable

Optimizing Every Candidate’s Experience 
By Angela Hunter, Talent Advocate, Time Warner Cable, Talent Acquisition & Movement

Building High-Tech Talent, Buying Talent or Both?
By Joe Wong, Director of Recruiting, Time Warner Cable

What Everyone Needs to Know About Independent Workers
By Monica Lucero, VP Strategic Account Development, MBO

Unlocking the Secret to Employee Engagement
By Josh Bersin, Principal, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Hurdles in the Hunt for Talent 
By Kimberly Townsend, Director of HR & Recruiting, TeamPeople
2015: Social HR Becomes a Reality
By Jeanne C. Meister, Founding Partner, Future Workplace
To Rate or Not to Rate? The Death of Performance Reviews
By Lisa Kaye, Founder & CEO,


Member Applause

With an audience of nearly 300 attendees, CTHRA’s Excellence in HR Awards Luncheon was a fitting place to honor this year’s winners. (Pictured from left to right) CTHRA Vice President Abby Pfeiffer, SVP of HR for Charter Communications; Aspiring Leader Jennifer Tracy, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition & Diversity for Bright House Networks; Michael Grebb, Publisher of Cablefax, the awards sponsor; Norene Miller, Vice President of Shared Services for Comcast who accepted the Team Innovator award on behalf of the Comcast HR Leave of Absence Team; and Tom Tooker, Vice President of HR for A+E Networks who accepted the Team Innovator award on behalf of the A+E Networks Compensation & Benefits Team. CTHRA will begin accepting nominations for the 2016 Excellence in HR Awards in February. Please plan to nominate a deserving HR individual or team!


Congratulations to CTHRA’s members who were recognized in Cablefax Magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Cable:

  • Sheryl Anderson, EVP of HR & Administration, Starz
  • Maria G. Arias, VP, Diversity & Inclusion, Comcast
  • Ann Carlsen, President & Founder, Carlsen Resources
  • Italia Commisso-Weinand, EVP of Programming & HR, Mediacom
  • Marva Johnsen, Corporate VP, Technology Policy & Industry Affairs, Bright House Networks
  • Adria Alpert Romm, Chief HR & Global Diversity Officer, Discovery Communications
  • Martha Stehren, Chief Talent Development Officer & SVP Comcast University, Comcast Cable


Congratulations to Paul Marchand who has joined Charter Communications as EVP of HR. Paul comes to the industry from PepsiCo where he was SVP of HR. We also congratulate Alaka Williams for being named SVP, Network HR at Scripps Networks Interactive.

We applaud the organizations named “best companies for women in cable,” in the 2015 WICT PAR survey. The biennial survey analyzes employment, diversity and other factors to develop a list of the top companies based on three key indicators: "pay equity, advancement opportunities and resources for work/life integration.” Cox Communications topped the MSO list, followed by Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Atlantic Broadband. Discovery led among the programmers, followed by The Walt Disney Co., NBCUniversal, Turner Broadcasting System and HSN.


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