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Cathy Avgiris Becomes First Woman Executive Vice President of Comcast Corp.

Born to Greek parents Louis and Irene, who migrated from Turkey to the US, Cathy Avgiris is the first woman to climb up so high in the hierarchy of cable giant Comcast Corp., by being promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager for Communications and Data Services.

The 52-year-old Avgiris is now leading Comcast’s Xfinity Internet, Xfinity Voice and consumer wireless businesses worth $12 million. In her expanded new role, Cathy is responsible for leading the new consumer offers with Verizon Wireless. Her team also manages the Company’s groundbreaking Internet Essentials program, which provides low-cost Internet service to low-income families, and oversees the growing number of Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots.

A nearly twenty-year veteran of Comcast, Cathy’s influence on the Company is evident in her work throughout the years. In 2005, as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Comcast Digital Voice, Cathy transformed the circuit-switched telephone business acquired from AT&T Broadband into a profitable and efficient business, making Comcast one of the largest non-Bell, facilities-based competitive local telephone providers in the U.S.

Prior to that, she served as the Senior Vice President of Finance for Comcast Cable and managed all financial and administrative activity for Comcast Online and Voice services. And before that Cathy helped formulate and execute a launch strategy that helped grow Comcast’s High-Speed Internet business from 150,000 customers to what it is today – more than 18 million.

In 2007, she was recognized as a “Wonder Woman” by Multichannel News. Cathy has also been honored with the Women in Cable Telecommunication’s “Liberty Award,” a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal, and was named one of the “Top 15 Women in Business” by PINK Magazine, a national magazine for professional women.

In 2010, Cathy was awarded one of the cable industry’s most prestigious honors, the Vanguard Award for “Distinguished Leadership” for Cable Operations Management by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). She has been recognized as one of CableFAX’s “Most Powerful Women in Cable” every year since 2006.

Cathy is a member of the Forum for Executive Women and is part of the mentoring program run by the Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) Philadelphia chapter. She also is a leader in her community and is an active supporter of The Career Wardrobe, the nation’s largest community-based non-profit organization serving women transitioning into the workforce. A graduate of Baruch College, Cathy holds a B.A. in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and Pennsylvania.

Comcast Corporation is one of the largest cable operators, home Internet service providers, and fourth largest home telephone service provider in the United States, providing cable television, broadband Internet, and telephone service to both residential and commercial customers in 40 states and the District of Columbia. The company is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

(Source: Comcast)

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