A sad day for the cable industry. The former Time Warner Cable CEO, and a cable pioneer, died this morning from cancer at age 65. His successor, Rob Marcus, just released this statement: “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.”
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts calls Glenn Britt “an incredible leader, visionary, and for decades he was a wonderful friend and mentor. He was a key part of our industry’s growth and success and was a true leader in every respect. His focus on helping others was heartwarming, and his competitive spirit was inspiring. He will be deeply missed.”
Britt became TWC’s chief in 2001, when the company was still part of Time Warner. Earlier he oversaw the creation of Road Runner, the nation’s first high-speed Internet service. He also served as Time Warner’s treasurer, and — before it merged with Warner Communications — CFO of Time Inc.
At TWC Britt championed diversity initiatives, and technology innovations. Prior to his resignation at the end of 2013 he also called on pay TV distributors to try to hold the line on rising costs that have begun to price many people out of the market. In 2009 President Obama appointed him to a task force to explore ways to promote economic competitiveness in science, technology, engineering and math education.