The Cable Center has named Jana Henthorn, who has worked at the organization for the past 11 years, as the next president and chief executive officer. She will succeed current CEO Larry Satkowiak upon his retirement on Jan. 1, 2016. Multichannel News had reported a successor was likely to be named this week.
The center noted Henthorn has more than 30 years’ experience in the cable industry, working for operators, programmers and nonprofits. “Jana will bring a deep breadth of expertise to the position. She has the business acumen and the industry knowledge to strengthen The Center’s position as the go-to information resource for the industry,” Jerry Kent, chairman and CEO of Suddenlink Communications and chairman of The Cable Center’s board of directors, said in a release.
Henthorn currently serves as senior vice president of academic and industry outreach. She leads The Center’s Customer Experience Central initiatives which include the Cable Center Customer Care Committee (C5), a consortium of executives from the largest operators in North America and Europe focused on expanding industry knowledge and facilitating new approaches to customer care.
Henthorn said in the release, "The Cable Center is a solid organization and I look forward to leading the team to determine how our programs can best serve our constituents in the future.”
Before joining The Cable Center, Henthorn was vice president of affiliate sales for A+E Television Networks where she led the network sales team for 16 states and two regional offices. She also served as vice president of operations and service fulfillment for Jones Intercable. She served on the National Board and Executive Committee for Women in Cable Telecommunications from 1995 to 2000. She was inducted into the Cable TV Pioneers in 2010.