Time Warner Cable said Tuesday that chairman and CEO Glenn Britt has been diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.
In a memo to employees, Britt said that he was told by doctors about two weeks ago of the diagnosis. Britt added that he is a cancer survivor -- he was diagnosed with melanoma about five years ago and received a clean bill of health.
"Unfortunately, as is the case with many cancer patients, the cancer has recurred," Britt said in the memo.
"I feel good and am optimistic about my prognosis," Britt continued. "I have no intention of letting this cancer slow me down, and will continue to work until my retirement at the end of the year."
Britt announced earlier this year that he would retire at the end of 2013 and be replaced by chief operating officer Rob Marcus. Britt, 64, is a 30-year veteran of the cable giant and steered it through some of its greatest periods of growth, including its 2009 separation from Time Warner Inc. A soft-spoken executive, Britt has nonetheless taken center stage in some of the industry’s most high-profile issues, including retransmission consent, usage–based pricing and the high cost of programming.
“Today, Glenn shared with all of his co-workers that he’s recently been diagnosed with cancer. Glenn is more than our leader, he’s our friend, and I know I speak for everyone at TWC when I say he has our complete support,” Marcus said in a statement. “I’m confident that he’ll bring the same determination, strength and focus to his treatment as he has to leading our company.”
Here is the memo Britt sent to employees today in its entirety:
As many of you know, I have had an ongoing issue with my voice since mid-summer and have been undergoing tests to determine the cause. A few weeks ago, the doctors determined that I have cancer. Some of you may not know that I am a cancer survivor; I had a bout with melanoma five years ago and at that time, received a clean bill of health. Unfortunately, as is the case with many cancer patients, the cancer has recurred.
I have begun treatment and am getting terrific care. I feel good and am optimistic about my prognosis. I have no intention of letting this cancer slow me down, and will continue to work until my retirement at the end of the year. I am thankful that the transition to Rob was planned early, and was well underway before I got sick. The transition has been seamless so far and is nearly complete.
Your well wishes mean the world to me, so thank you for all you have done and will continue to do to support me as I fight this illness.
All the best,