Glenn A. Britt is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Cable. He began serving as Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors in March 2009. He was named President and CEO in 2006 and had served as the company’s CEO since August 2001.
On July 25, 2013, Mr. Britt announced he will retire from the company at the end of the year. The Time Warner Cable Board of Directors elected Robert D. Marcus, currently President and Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Mr. Britt as Chairman and CEO, effective January 1, 2014. Following retirement, Mr. Britt will remain on the board in a non-executive role.
Mr. Britt has been the driving force behind the company’s aggressive deployment of advanced video services, such as Video on Demand, high-definition television and digital video recorders. He has guided the growth of Time Warner Cable’s residential high-speed Internet and digital phone services and Time Warner Cable Business Class services. Mr. Britt oversaw Time Warner Cable’s emergence as a publicly traded company and has grown it from a $6 billion operating division into a $21 billion national, high-profile business in a highly competitive industry.
Mr. Britt has focused on creating a customer service-oriented organization. He has championed the cable industry’s efforts to work more closely with consumer electronics manufacturers and related groups to develop compatible standards for the deployment of integrated communications products. He has also been an active and effective champion of diversity and inclusion within Time Warner Cable and the cable industry.
Mr. 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, Mr. Britt was VP and CFO of Time Inc., a position he held starting July 1988.
Mr. Britt joined Time Inc. in 1972 in the Controller’s Department and rose to VP and Treasurer of Manhattan Cable Television, Inc. (1974), Finance Director for Time-Life Books’ Iran Project (1977), VP of Network and Studio Operations for HBO, and Director of Business Development of Time Inc.’s video group (1980).
He became SVP of Finance for American Television and Communications Corp., Time Inc.’s cable television unit, in 1981, SVP of Finance for Time Inc.’s Video Group in 1984, and SVP and CFO of HBO later that year. He was elected VP of Time Inc. in October 1986 and Treasurer the following month. He became VP of Finance for Time Inc. in February 1988.
Mr. Britt serves on the board of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and is a member of its Executive Committee. He is a board member of CableLabs, Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund, Xerox Corporation, The Paley Center, Cardinal Health, FIRST Robotics and the Manhattan Theatre Club.
In December 2009, Mr. Britt was one of five corporate executives appointed by President Obama to a task force charged with strengthening America’s economic competitiveness through leadership in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The “Educate to Innovate” initiative strives to increase the scale, scope and impact of private-sector and philanthropic support in improving American students’ STEM proficiency. In conjunction with the White House initiative, Mr. Britt championed Time Warner Cable’s launch of Connect a Million Minds (connectamillionminds.com), the company’s $100 million, five-year philanthropic initiative to inspire students to pursue STEM-related education and career opportunities.
Mr. Britt has received many honors, including induction in the Cable Hall of Fame (2007), Cable Pioneers (2001) and Broadcasting & Cable’s Hall of Fame (2008); Cable Positive’s Joel G. Berger Award; the NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership; The Media Institute’s American Horizon Award; the NAMIC Stanley B. Thomas Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Kaitz Foundation Diversity Champion Award. In 2010, he was named Humanitarian of the Year by the UJA-Federation of New York.
He received a B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College, where he graduated magna cum laude. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. Britt received an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth, where he sponsors the Britt Technology Impact Series. The program series examines various aspects of the growing impact of technology on corporations and individuals, and the business strategy issues surrounding new technology.
Time Warner Cable is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the U.S., connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other.
Last updated: July 2013