Comcast confirmed that Dan Herscovici, the former SVP and GM of Xfinity Home, has left the company.
Comcast didn’t elaborate on Herscovici’s exit from the company, which happened earlier this month, but also confirmed that Dennis Mathew, who has held roles such as president, wholesale and VP of new business at Comcast, now leads the Xfinity Home business and reports to Matt Strauss, EVP of Xfinity Services at Comcast Cable.
The Philadelphia Business Journal first reported that Herscovici had left Comcast.
Herscovici was with Comcast for more than 10 years in exec roles that included VP of new business and VP of the MSO’s high-speed internet services, and was a key player in the rollout of Xfinity WiFi. Prior to Comcast, Herscovici was a product and operations exec with Motorola.
Under Herscovici, Xfinity Home, Comcast’s home automation and security service, grew to about 1.1 million subscribers and expanded its ecosystem of third-party product support via its "Works With Xfinity Home" program. During his tenure, Comcast also deepened its expertise in home security technology and services via the acquisition of a piece of Icontrol. Comcast has since rebranded that as Xfinity Home Wholesale.
Herscovici’s departure also comes amid a shift and broadening of Comcast’s service and technology strategies involving the smart home and home automation.
For example, Comcast last month announced that it had extended home automation services and functionality to more than 15 million customers, centered on the company’s xFi Wireless Gateway and the xFi Advanced Wireless Gateway, along with plans to extend those capabilities across multiple services, including X1, Xfinity Home, Xfinity Mobile and xFi, its new home WiFi management service.
Oversight of those automation-facing functions has been moved to Eric Schaefer, SVP and GM, communications, data and mobility, Comcast Cable; and Patti Loyack, the company’s VP of IP services.