Awardee Profiles - 2006
Sumner M. Redstone, Freedom of Speech Award
Glenn A. Britt, American Horizon Award
Sumner M. Redstone, Recipient of the Freedom of Speech Award
Sumner M. Redstone serves as Chairman of the Board of both Viacom and CBS Corporation, roles he assumed after the separation of Viacom into two publicly traded companies in 2005. Mr. Redstone is the controlling shareholder of both companies.
Mr. Redstone had served as Chairman of the Board of Viacom since 1987 and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom since 1996. He has been Chairman of the Board of National Amusements since 1986, and Chief Executive Officer of National Amusements since 1967. Mr. Redstone was President of National Amusements from 1967 to 1999.
Among his many activities in the entertainment industry, Mr. Redstone served as Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Theatre Owners, and currently is a member of its Executive Committee. He is also active in the affairs of numerous civic and philanthropic organizations, particularly those in medicine and the arts.
Mr. Redstone began his career as Law Secretary with the U.S. Court of Appeals, and then served as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General. He practiced law in Washington, D.C., before joining National Amusements in 1954.
Mr. Redstone graduated first in his class from Boston Latin School. In 1944, he was awarded a degree after studying for two and one-half years at Harvard College. In 1947, Mr. Redstone received his LL.B. from the Harvard University School of Law. Mr. Redstone served in the Military Intelligence Division during World War II.
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Glenn A. Britt, Recipient of the American Horizon Award
Glenn A. Britt was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Cable in February 2006 and has served as its chief executive since 2001. Mr. Britt has been the driving force behind the company’s deployment of advanced video services, such as video-on-demand, high-definition television, and digital video recorders. He has also overseen the growth of Time Warner Cable’s broadband and digital phone services.
Mr. Britt joined Time Inc. in 1972 and served in various management capacities throughout the 1970s and early ’80s. He came to hold key positions with Time Inc. including Vice President (1986), Treasurer (1986), Vice President - Finance (1988), and Chief Financial Officer (1988).
Mr. Britt became Executive Vice President of Time Warner Cable in 1990 and also served as President and CEO of Time Warner Cable Ventures. Mr. Britt was named President of Time Warner Cable in 1999.
Mr. Britt serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). He is also Chairman of the Board of CableLabs, and serves on the boards of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund, Xerox Corporation, and the Museum of the Moving Image.
Mr. Britt received a B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1971. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. Britt received an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth in 1972.
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