Comcast, Cox and Nickelodeon Executives Named NAMIC Next Generation Leaders

Wed Apr 9, 2008 11:31am EDT

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Keith Dawkins, Marge Jackson and Veenod Kurup to Receive Honors at NAMIC
Annual Awards Breakfast Set For May 19th at NCTA Cable Show

NEW YORK, April 9, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association for
Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) today announced the recipients of
its 2008 Next Generation Leaders Awards.  Keith Dawkins, GM, Nicktoons Network
and senior vice president, Programming Partnerships, Nickelodeon; Marge
Jackson, vice president, Marketing & Sales, New Jersey Region, Comcast Cable;
and Veenod Kurup, vice president, Data Product Services, Cox Communications,
Inc. are the latest recipients of this prestigious award, which honors
emerging business leaders who embody the professionalism that reflects NAMIC's
mission to educate, advocate and empower for multi-ethnicity in the
communications industry.  Scheduled for Monday, May 19, 2008 from 7:15 a.m. to
8:45 a.m., the 2008 Next Generation Leaders Awards will be presented at the
NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast.  Patrick Esser, president, Cox Communications,
Inc. serves as Honorary Chair for the event.  Held annually in conjunction
with The Cable Show presented by the National Cable & Telecommunications
Association (NCTA), the event will be held at the Morial Convention Center in
New Orleans, Louisiana.
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    Selected by NAMIC and editors of MultichannelNews, the Next Generation
Leaders Awards are presented in three categories: Cable MSO, Cable Programmer
and Technology Company or Discipline.  Executives of color age 45 and under
were eligible for nomination.  Dawkins (Programmer), Jackson (MSO), and Kurup
(Technology) were selected from a distinguished group of nominees for
demonstrating exceptional practices of diversity and inclusion within the
scope of their managerial capacities.
    "NAMIC has made a resolute commitment to ensuring that our industry has a
strong pipeline of diverse executives through our education and mentoring
initiatives," said Kathy Johnson, president, NAMIC.  "We are pleased to
recognize this accomplished group of industry leaders that share our mission
of achieving a multi-ethnic workforce by promoting diversity in all aspects of
their business."
    In addition to the trio of Next Generation Leaders, an auxiliary group of
executives were chosen to receive NAMIC Luminary Awards.  Recognized for their
commitment to advancing the NAMIC mission by promoting multi-ethnic diversity
within their companies and giving back to the communities in which they work
and live, the NAMIC "Luminaries" are:
    - Christine Bragan - Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Rainbow
      Media Holdings LLC

    - Darlene Chapman-Holmes, Senior Vice President, Marketing, AmericanLife
      TV Network

    - Sean Cohan, Senior Vice President, International, A&E Television

    - Johnita Due, Senior Counsel, CNN Worldwide

    - Sonya Lockett, Vice President, Public Affairs, BET

    - Ariela Neruba, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, TuTv Networks

    - Chris Powell, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Scripps

    - Michelle Rice, Senior Vice President, Distribution & Strategy, TV One

    NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast sponsors include mun2, Telemundo, Russell
Reynolds Associates, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association
(NCTA), The Sportsman Channel and A&E Television Networks.
    For more information on the 2008 Next Generation Leaders Awards and the
NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast, contact Sandra Girado, 212-594-5985, ext. 23.
Inquiries pertaining to sponsorship or table/ticket purchases should be
directed to Danny McGlone, 212-594-5985, ext. 13.
    About NAMIC
    NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) is the
premier organization focusing on multi-ethnic diversity in the communications
industry. Founded in 1980 as a non-profit trade association, today NAMIC is
comprised of 2,000 professionals belonging to a network of 17 chapters
nationwide. Through initiatives that focus on education, advocacy and
empowerment, NAMIC champions equity and inclusion in the workforce, with
special attention given to ensuring that the leadership cadres of our nation's
communications industry giants reflect the multi-ethnic richness of the
populations they serve.

Daphne Leroy, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, NAMIC,
+1-212-594-5985,; or Charmaine Chapman of BTB
Communications, +1-310-242-8407,, for NAMIC
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