Glenn Britt, former TWC chief, dies at 65
| 12 June 2014
Former Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt has passed away at the age of 65, after a long battle with cancer. He died at his home in New York on Wednesday.
Britt served as CEO at TWC, the No 2 cable MSO in the United States, from 2001 to 2013, but has had a 40-year career with the Time Warner organisation.
He began his career when he joined Time Inc in 1972 in the controller's department. He went on to become vice president and treasurer of the small and pioneering Manhattan Cable Television in 1974, and oversaw its evolution into a cable MSO with national dreams.
He eventually became executive vice president at Time Warner Cable (and CFO of Time Inc), and eventually president and CEO of Time Warner Cable Ventures, where he spearheaded the launch of Road Runner, the country's first cable-based high-speed Internet service.
As CEO, he oversaw the cable company's transition from a regional television provider to a triple-play operator that has $21 billion in revenue and a $40 billion market cap. He was at the helm for TWC's 2009 spinoff from Time Warner, which has set the stage for the current $45 billion proposed merger with Comcast, now under regulatory review by the US Department of Justice.
He was the champion behind the company's rollout of video-on-demand (VOD), HD TV and digital video recorders, its foray into digital distribution and TV everywhere, and its ongoing rollout of all-IP, DOCSIS 3.0 for high speed, multimedia-friendly broadband.
TWC's sitting CEO Rob Marcus issued a statement hailing Britt as a visionary for the industry.
"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 said. "He will long be remembered for his thoughtful and steady leadership through rapidly changing times in the communications field."
Britt announced his plan to retire last summer, and named Marcus as his successor, before stepping down in January. Last October, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer in 2008, and that it was back after a period of remission.