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Former Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt Dies

11 Jun, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Industry veteran helped Time Warner Cable transition into the digital age

Glenn Britt, the former CEO of Time Warner Cable, has died from cancer at the age of 65.

Britt, who stepped down last December as CEO when his cancer reemerged, had been replaced by former CFO Rob Marcus — the latter agreeing to sell Time Warner Cable to Comcast earlier this year for $45 billion.

Until his death, Britt served on Time Warner Cable’s board in a non-executive role.

In a 41-year career, Britt helped usher the cable industry into the digital age by introducing video-on-demand, digital video recorders and high-speed Internet service. He helped grow TWC from a $6 billion operating division of Time Warner into a $21 billion standalone business.

Britt became president of Time Warner Cable in January 1999. Previously, he served as president and CEO of Time Warner Cable Ventures, the company’s new business arm. There, he oversaw the launch of Road Runner, the country’s first high-speed Internet service, as well as the creation of Time Warner Telecom.

He had been EVP of Time Warner Cable since 1990 and was previously SVP and Treasurer of Time Warner Inc. Prior to the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications, Britt was VP and CFO of Time, a position he held starting July 1988.

“Glenn left us with a legacy of innovation, integrity and inclusion. We were guided for many years by his strong belief that a company must be willing to reinvent itself to be successful; his commitment to saying what you mean and doing what you say; and his conviction that a richly diverse workforce — diverse in ethnicity, culture, beliefs, perspectives, experiences and lifestyles — is necessary to best serve our diverse customers and communities. He will long be remembered for his thoughtful and steady leadership through rapidly changing times in the communications field,” Marcus said in a statement.


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