Leaders3/28/2009 2:00 AM Eastern
Cesar Conde, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive VP, Univision Communications
Cesar Conde is responsible for strategic initiatives across all of Spanish-language media company Univision Communications’s divisions, including television, online and radio.
Before taking on that role, he was vice president of corporate development at Univision Networks and also served as vice president and operating manager of the company’s Galavisión cable network.
Conde had been vice president of business development at Univision Networks when former President George W. Bush appointed him as a 2002-03 White House Fellow.
“I am fortunate to be at Univision because as champions of the Hispanic community we are 100% dedicated to informing, empowering and entertaining Hispanics in the country through our television, radio and digital platforms, as well as through our community relations initiatives,” Conde said. “Because of our role we recognize that our ability to attract and retain diverse talent will be key to our long-term success.”
Earlier in his career, he had been vice president of business development at StarMedia Network, the first Internet company focused on Spanish- and Portugese-speaking audiences globally.
The recipient of several awards for his work on behalf of the Hispanic community, Conde is chairman and cofounder of the Futuro Program, which provides role models and educational workshops to Hispanic high-school students.
“I am humbled to receive the Next Generation Leaders Award from NAMIC,” Conde said. “It is especially meaningful to receive this honor because of NAMIC’s mission to educate, advocate and empower for multiethnicity in the communications industry.”
Conde is a graduate of Harvard University, where he was president and co-founder of CAUSA, the Cuban-American Undergraduate Student Association. He holds a master’s in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kashif Haq, Strategic Execution Officer, Bright House Networks
Kashif Haq is in charge of building and managing a platform of digitized processes and data at Bright House Networks. He oversees the technical strategy and engineering for broadband Internet and telephony services that generate over $1 billion per year in revenue.
Of his being selected as one of this year’s Next Generation Leaders, Haq said that “nomination alone would have been a great honor for me.”
“Being awarded and recognized is something special,” he said. “I am thankful to my family, friends and colleagues for their support and more importantly their contributions towards shaping my success.”
Before he joined Bright House, Haq spent more than 12 years in the worldwide technology services group at Accenture. There, he specialized in managing large technology investments and executing complex service-delivery projects.
Haq’s extensive background encompasses architecting and deploying carrier-grade broadband services such as digital broadcast television, broadband Internet access, voice-over-Internet protocol and interactive TV across a variety of telecommunications infrastructures such as asynchronous transfer mode, digital subscriber line, wireless, hybrid fiber coaxial and passive optical networks.
He has helped major telecommunications providers in Asia, Europe and the U.S. deliver these services.
A graduate from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, N.Y., Haq currently serves on the DOCSIS Certification Board at CableLabs.
“It is very important to have organizations like NAMIC focused on promoting diversity, equal opportunity and mentorship in the industry,” Haq said. “I try to practice NAMIC ideals in my daily life. With this recognition, I would have to pursue them even more vigorously.”
Toni Stubbs, VP of Field Information Technology, Cox Communications, Hampton Roads, Va.
Toni Stubbs heads up a team of 50 people responsible for consulting, guidance and project management for all local technology activities in Cox Communications’ Hampton Roads, Va., system.
She joined Cox in 2005 as vice president of information technology in the company’s former Tyler, Texas, system. Prior to that, she managed IT for General Motors OnStar. She has also held IT leadership and systems-engineering roles with MediaOne Group, Comcast and AT&T Global Information Solutions.
“It is a tremendous honor,” said Stubbs of receiving the Next Generation Leader Award. “I am humbled by this win and I am in awe of what it means to have been selected for this award. It truly means so much to be recognized by an organization such as NAMIC, whose mission mirrors my personal views on diversity and inclusion.”
Stubbs is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications and the Information Technology Senior Management Forum, an organization for African-American leaders across all disciplines.
“It is imperative that we continue to invest in future leaders of diverse backgrounds, and those future leaders should in turn do the same,” said Stubbs. “I believe that it is our differences that make us strong.
“The more diverse thinkers among us, the more creative our solutions and outcomes will be. And as we face a global economy, we need to be global in thought, value differences in people and mirror the customers that we service.”
Stubbs is a graduate of Mercy College of Detroit and holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Michigan.