John D. Schanz

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John D. Schanz is executive vice president and chief network officer at Comcast Cable. In this role, he oversees national engineering for network and systems operations for the company’s video, high-speed Internet and voice cable services for both residential customers and businesses. He also plays a leadership role in technology strategy for the deployment of new complementary communications products and services.

In 2012, IDG’s InfoWorld.com recognized John with a Technology Leadership Award in the Technology Deployment category for his role as the strategic architect and designer of the Comcast network, systems and service delivery infrastructure platforms that deliver Xfinity products to more than 22 million cable customers, 18 million high-speed Internet customers and 9 million voice customers.

Prior to joining Comcast in 2006, John served as executive vice president of network and data center operations at America Online (AOL), where he was responsible for architecture, planning, design and operation of AOL’s global network infrastructure, including the AOL service, Netscape, CompuServe, AOL Web properties, messaging systems, telephony, rich media and digital streaming services. He previously held senior management, operations and engineering positions at several leading technology and communications companies, including Sprint, GE Information Services and Transaction Network Services.

John holds a bachelor of engineering degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College of Engineering in Riverdale, N.Y. He also completed General Electric’s Information Systems Management program, an intensive two-year program combining business rotation with practical training and formal coursework in advanced information technologies and systems.

John lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and three children and is an active member of the community, spending much of his time outside work and family focusing on nonprofit educational endeavors. He helped to foster Comcast’s initial participation with FIRST, which aims to inspire young people to take an interest in and pursue science and technology. He also serves as a member of the boards of trustees for Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, Cabrini College and the Anderson Orthopaedic Research Institute.

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