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September 02, 2009
Contact:  Steve Jones
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The Association Of Cable Communicators Announces New Leadership Team,

Key Executive Committee Appointments


Washington, DC ––The Association of Cable Communicators (ACC), the cable industry's only organization dedicated to the development of communications professionals, today announced a new slate of officers that strengthens and diversifies its leadership team.  The actions were unanimously approved by the ACC board of directors at a meeting last week in Washington, D.C.

The new executive committee consists of:

  • President - Jim Maiella, VP, Media Relations, Cable and Communications, Cablevision Systems Corp.
  • 1st Vice President, Membership - Rosa Gatti, SVP, Communications Counsel and Corporate Outreach, ESPN
  • 2nd Vice President, Programs - Anthony Surratt, VP, Corporate Communications, Time Warner Cable
  • Secretary - Sandy Colony, SVP, Communications, Insight Communications
  • Treasurer - Annie Howell, SVP, Communications and Public Affairs, Planet Green
  • At-Large - Misty Skedgell, VP, Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility, Turner Broadcasting System

"Communications has never been as important as it is today for the success of our industry and ACC member companies, because of the changes that are happening within the cable industry and a technological evolution that is fundamentally altering the way we reach and relate to key audiences," Maiella said.  "I could not be more enthusiastic about the prospect of working with this talented leadership team of communications professionals to continue building ACC into an organization that puts valuable tools, training and resources into the hands of those who are tasked every day with telling cable's strong and compelling story."

Leaving the executive committee and ACC is immediate past-president Peggy Ballard, Senior Director, Service Provider Marketing, Cisco Systems, Inc., who is retiring from Cisco in September.  Also departing ACC and the executive committee is Jennifer Mooney, who left the industry several months ago and is working as an independent communications consultant.

ACC Executive Director Steve Jones said, "As we move ahead with a new executive committee, I want to personally thank Peggy Ballard for her leadership and unwavering dedication to ACC, as our most recent president and a long-time member of the board.  She has been at the forefront of a continuing process to focus ACC around the core function of communications - across a wide range of specific roles and job titles - and to deliver value and tangible benefits to our members.  We wish her much success and happiness in her future endeavors." 

ACC's core programs include a robust Web site (, providing easy access to relevant information, regular interactive chats and Webinars on key issues, a "Career Connections" section that allows senior cable communicators to offer practical advice and guidance based on their own experience, and other educational tools like ACC Briefs devoted to specific areas of interest. Recent topics addressed in these programs include effective message development, financial communications, evaluating the success of PR initiatives, navigating social media and Web 2.0 and the role of PR in strengthening companies' competitive performance.  ACC members include professionals working in corporate communications and media relations, network publicity, government affairs, internal communications and other related disciplines.  

ACC conducts a longstanding recognition program, the Beacon Awards, and an annual conference promoting communications best practices. The association also conducts an annual Communications Institute, offered at New York City's Lubin House in conjunction with Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.  The 20-seat event offers mid-level and senior cable communicators an intensive 2.5-day training session and ability to exchange ideas and insights with industry peers in a collegial and educational setting.

 "I have been involved with ACC for several years, and the moments the organization has enabled that have meant the most to me, and been most valuable in my career, have been the opportunities to get in a room - real or virtual - and exchange insights, perspectives, experiences and friendship with colleagues working in cable communications," Maiella added.  "This leadership team is going to focus on creating more of those moments, and on developing new programs to provide cable communicators with the tools and training so critical for the success of practitioners and our companies in today's dynamic environment."

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The Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) is the only national, professional organization specifically addressing the issues, needs and interests of the cable industry's communications and public affairs professionals. The association's mission is to develop and promote cable communications excellence through professional development to help achieve industry and corporate goals. ACC works to enhance each member's status and influence through skill building and professional development. For more information on ACC, go to

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