President, Advertising, Comcast Cable
Marcien Jenckes serves as President, Advertising for Comcast Cable. In this role, he is responsible for Comcast’s portfolio of advertising assets, positioning Comcast for continued success and even greater levels of growth as the advertising market adapts to new technology and business models.
Previously, Marcien oversaw Comcast Cable’s residential lines of business, which include Xfinity Video, Xfinity Internet, Xfinity Home, and Xfinity Voice, including the strategy, development, and deployment of innovative technologies and services across all categories to provide a great entertainment and communications experience for tens of millions of customers.
Prior to joining Comcast, Marcien was an entrepreneur, involved with a host of digital advertising and media syndication start-ups including Grab Networks and Voxant. He also held a variety of leadership roles at AOL Inc., where he launched AOL’s free web services, including the free AOL.com portal. Prior to AOL, Marcien worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company in their media and telecom practice.
Marcien holds a MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, and a BA in economics and political science from New York University.
General Manager, Effectv
James Rooke is general manager of Effectv (formerly Comcast Spotlight), the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable. In this role, he leads the company as it embarks on its next chapter and mission: to become the world’s smartest audience delivery company by combining the targeting and measurement of digital with the reach and impact of television. James oversees a 3,500-person nationwide team across sales, operations, technology, product, data innovation and insights, and customer experience to pioneer and unlock new opportunities for growth, innovation and industry leadership. Additionally, he cultivates Effectv’s relationships with external stakeholders and industry organizations, including sitting on the Board of the Video Advertising Bureau (VAB) and the New York Interconnect (NYI).
Previously, James was a general manager at FreeWheel, a division of Comcast Advertising alongside Effectv that provides global technology solutions for the future of TV advertising. At FreeWheel, James oversaw the company’s supply-side-focused global business unit that provides the premium video industry with purpose-built software and services to enable programmer and distributor clients to maximize the value of their advertising inventory across all screens, audiences and sales channels.
Prior to the company’s acquisition by Comcast, James was chief revenue officer of FreeWheel, where he led global revenue and client services across the technology, advisory services and marketplace business lines. Before becoming CRO, he was responsible for designing and launching FreeWheel’s first video marketplace and managing its global expansion. James first joined FreeWheel in 2012 as vice president of advisory services.
Before joining FreeWheel, he was vice president, strategy and execution for Spectrum Reach. He also served as head of strategy and transformation for the media and entertainment practice at Capgemini Consulting and as a consultant for Ernst & Young.
James earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Birmingham’s School of Business.
He resides with his family in the New York area.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Comcast Cable Advertising
Sandy Gunn is senior vice president, human resources for Comcast Cable Advertising. He is responsible for the people strategy of Effectv (formerly known as Comcast Spotlight), the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, and FreeWheel, a Comcast Company that provides advertising software and solutions for the entire television ecosystem. This includes developing and implementing programs and initiatives that attract, grow and retain the right talent to drive the business into the next decade.
In 2008, Sandy joined Comcast Corporation as chief people officer for Comcast Interactive Media. He also served as senior vice president, human resources for Comcast Cable, and most recently, as senior vice president, human resources for Comcast Spotlight.
With more than 35 years of experience, Sandy has an extensive background in talent acquisition, leadership development, compensation and benefits, and organizational effectiveness with a successful track record of developing high-performing teams and people at all organizational levels.
Prior to Comcast, Sandy built his human resources career by supporting businesses around the world for leading companies such as Vonage, EMI Music, Vivendi Universal and Schlumberger, Ltd.
Sandy graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Commerce in finance and marketing and a Bachelor of Administration. He resides with his wife in the Philadelphia area.
Chief Marketing Officer, Comcast Cable Advertising
As chief marketing officer at Comcast Advertising, Maria Weaver isn’t just about maintaining brand standards, rather she focuses on building a brand that customers love and trust, growing revenue through creative ideas and building programs that convert leads to sales. She is responsible for all facets of marketing for Comcast Advertising including for Effectv (formerly known as Comcast Spotlight) the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable and FreeWheel, a Comcast Company that provides advertising software and solutions for the entire television ecosystem. Her scope includes overseeing over 200 marketing employees in brand marketing, creative services, product marketing, sales marketing and demand generation.
In 2016, Maria joined Effectv as senior vice president, marketing, playing a key role in redefining the Effectv brand and elevating awareness to help differentiate the company and increase revenue. She also led the development of Effectv’s award-winning advertising campaign and rebuilt a nationwide marketing organization to support the evolving needs of the business and the industry.
After being promoted to senior vice president, global marketing for Comcast Advertising in 2017, she continued her success in building high performance teams by creating a strong, international marketing organization to support the evolving needs of the business and the industry.
With more than 30 years of experience in the advertising and marketing industry, Maria’s career has come full circle- beginning in cable television sales early on, moving to content creation, distribution, digital sales and now, back to cable television advertising.
Maria held a number of senior marketing roles at Interactive One, the digital division of Urban One (formerly Radio One), including senior vice president, head of national sales and marketing. In addition, Maria was principal for Triple Threat Films and held various marketing and creative roles for Home Box Office. Maria was also senior project leader of The Red Group for Showtime. She began her advertising career with Rainbow Advertising Sales, a division of Cablevision.
Maria received the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications Award of Excellence for African American brand advertising campaign, the 2015 Council of Urban Professionals Catalyst Award and multiple honors from The Telly Awards and the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing. She serves on the board of She Runs It, Figure Skating in Harlem and the International Radio and Television Society.
Maria holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and media studies from Pace University and a Master of Professional Studies from Pratt Institute. She resides with her family in the New York area.
Vice President, Strategic Operations, Effectv
Don Amboyer is vice president, strategic operations for Effectv (formerly Comcast Spotlight), the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable. In this role, Don has oversight for raising the delivery excellence of the company both internally and for Effectv’s clients. He manages a team that leads Effectv’s operating plan as well as coordination and governance for executing against the plan.
When Don joined Effectv in 2017 as vice president, product architecture and platform strategy, he was responsible for the design and evolution of the technology stack that enables the company’s future product offerings and enhancements. Since then, Don has revolutionized the company’s product architecture and platform strategy, enabling several new technologies to help advertisers reach their target audiences and drive awareness for their brands.
In 2018, Don helped develop a new sales planning system, Audience Intelligence for Local. This is the first Effectv solution that combines privacy compliant viewership data with third-party data to provide local advertisers with an audience-optimized linear campaign schedule across the inventory supply. Additionally, Don has been instrumental in establishing a common technology architecture for the company with specific focus on product innovation, programmatic video insertion, business operations and data infrastructure.
With more than 20 years of experience, Don is an experienced Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) leader with extensive expertise creating revenue growth through launching products to solve complex advertising challenges.
Before joining Effectv, Don served as senior vice president and general manager for Operative, a leader in advertising business management technology, where he effectively scaled the company’s programmatic advertising services and technology. In prior roles with Operative, Don led sales, go-to-market and sales engineering teams, domestically and internationally. He also held a number of positions supporting technology and information systems for a variety of companies from independent think tanks to a division of Ford Motor Company.
Don holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in international management from the University of London. He resides with his family in the Denver area.
Head of Enterprise Sales, Effectv
Melanie Hamilton is head of enterprise sales for Effectv (formerly Comcast Spotlight), the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable. In this role, Melanie is responsible for the strategy, operational activities and direct sales for the company’s national, automotive and media & entertainment sales verticals. She also manages Effectv’s direct response business and partners with Ampersand, a media advertising sales and technology company, working with national clients and agency holding companies to drive partnership, share growth and audience-based cross-platform solutions.
In 2019, Melanie joined Effectv as vice president, sales, where she oversaw national sales before being appointed to her expanded role in 2020. Prior to Effectv, Melanie worked at Google in various sales capacities for more than 10 years. Most recently, as head of industry for telecom, she drove client growth and led a bi-coastal, cross-functional team that ignited opportunities across the company’s marketing, ad technology and cloud teams.
Throughout her time at Google, Melanie successfully led initiatives and forged strong c-level relationships by creating joint business plans to accelerate partnerships and effectively change the trajectory of their customers’ core business. In addition to head of industry for telecom, she served as head of industry for retail, head of industry for financial services, senior sales lead for Google+ and local ad products, and senior account executive for Google TV Ads.
Melanie began her career in the advertising sales departments for NBCUniversal at its owned and operated stations in New York and San Francisco.
An industry expert, Melanie is often quoted in publications such as Auto Remarketing, Beet TV, Broadcasting & Cable, Cynopsis Media, Multichannel News and more.
Melanie holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Johns Hopkins University. She lives with her family in New York City.
Senior Vice President, Technology & Operations, Effectv
Travis Parrill is senior vice president, technology and operations for Effectv (formerly Comcast Spotlight), the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable. He is responsible for the enterprise technology and operations organization including engineering, quality control, traffic, technology and solutions, project management organization and campaign management.
In this role, Travis leads the technical architecture vision across television and digital advertising products, partnering with FreeWheel, A Comcast Company and a variety of technology vendors to help marketers identify clients and reach audiences to drive brand awareness to customer attribution. He also oversees the execution of all advertising campaigns and the introduction of new and improved systems and processes to provide an exceptional customer experience, maximize growth and drive efficiencies and profitability.
In 2001, Travis joined Effectv, and throughout his tenure, he has led technical, engineering, execution and information systems teams across Effectv and Comcast Cable.
Early on, he was instrumental in orchestrating the consolidation of three operations centers to a centralized location in Effectv’s former West Division. In 2015, he led the operational integration for all of Effectv—bringing together the technology, tools, systems and processes from the previous divisional structure to a single enterprise approach that has delivered significant efficiency to the business and advertisers.
At Comcast Cable, Travis oversaw the engineering efforts for the Denver market and surrounding areas. Under his leadership, the team deployed DOCSIS 3.0 under Comcast’s high-speed data initiative, guided the transition to full digital television and supported numerous back-office transactions and rollouts of channel launches.
Previously, Travis was a systems engineer for Corporate Technologies, a leading provider of managed IT solutions. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Mary where he instructed computer information systems.
Travis received Multichannel News’ 40 Under 40 Award and Effectv’s National Leadership Award. He holds a number of degrees from the University of Mary including a Bachelor of Applied Science in computer information services, a Bachelor of Applied Science in business administration and a Master of Business Administration.
Travis resides with his family in the Denver area.
Senior Vice President, Product Strategy, Effectv
Kelly Perone is senior vice president, product strategy for Effectv (formerly Comcast Spotlight), the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable. Kelly leads the product management team responsible for Effectv’s innovative products and solutions that deliver audiences to advertisers across all screens and devices.
In this role, Kelly focuses on all aspects of decision making and business planning for new products and capabilities as well as enhancements for existing products. She and her team work hand-in-hand with functions across the company from concept to deployment to ensure the solutions position Effectv for today and the future, providing clients with the best experience, products, results and value. Kelly first joined Effectv in 2017 as vice president, product strategy.
Kelly has more than 20 years of experience in the media and advertising technology industry, analyzing, building and developing products. Previously, she served as senior vice president, product at Tremor Video, now Telaria Inc. (TLRA), where she oversaw its SSP and DSP development of video advertising opportunities across devices. During her tenure, Kelly spearheaded Tremor Video’s product transformation from an ad network to a combined media and ad tech company. She was responsible for increasing and strengthening company output to transform its value proposition in the marketplace, growing revenue and EBIDTA, and successfully exiting the DSP to a global mobile marketing company.
Prior to Tremor Video, Kelly held various product leadership positions at media and ad tech startups in New York City. She also created the original digital campaign stewardship platform for Donovan Data Systems for the U.S., U.K., Canadian and German markets (now Media Ocean’s Prisma).
Kelly earned a Master of Arts in rhetoric and professional communication from Iowa State University. She resides in New Jersey with her family.
Vice President, Human Resources, Effectv
Keri Reisbeck is vice president, human resources for Effectv (formerly Comcast Spotlight), the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable. Keri is charged with setting the strategic direction of the company’s HR function through employee and organizational development initiatives. She partners with senior management to pioneer innovative workplace, performance and talent strategies aimed at increasing employee engagement while enriching their professional development, career pathing and overall contribution to the company.
Most recently, Keri was vice president, HR – sales for Effectv, where she led HR for the company’s sales markets division across its U.S. footprint. She was responsible for determining the HR strategies for sales employee engagement, development and retention, in addition to driving change transformation and strategy execution to achieve specific business results. For example, Keri orchestrated a tactical review of the company’s sales structure, which resulted in a new and highly successful formation. She also led an enterprise revenue improvement effort to identify KPIs that predict account executive performance success and partnered with finance and sales leadership to overhaul front-line seller compensation structure to a more progressive design.
Before that, Keri was vice president, HR for Effectv’s enterprise operations division. Here, she led the integration of 5 operations management centers encompassing 32 states and 1,400 employees. She came to the enterprise operations division after having led HR for Effectv’s legacy West division, which spanned six states and over 700 employees, rising from director to vice president in her seven years there. Keri began her career at Comcast Cable as a manager working on national recruitment programs and then as an HR manager supporting the West Division.
Keri has more than 20 years of HR experience. She is a graduate of Women in Cable & Telecommunications’ Rising Leaders program and the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute in addition to Effectv’s Women in Leadership program. Committed to giving back and raising awareness around early detection and treatment of melanoma, Keri leads fundraising efforts in her community supporting the national Melanoma Research Foundation.
Keri earned a Bachelor of Science in human development and family studies from Colorado State University. She resides with her family in the Denver area.
Head of Region Sales, Effectv
Mike Ruggiero is head of region sales at Effectv (formerly Comcast Spotlight), the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable. Mike is responsible for accelerating workflow and best practice coordination as well as consistency across the company’s six regions to maximize revenue and drive results for advertisers across the country. He also oversees Advanced Platform Solutions, which encompasses traditional interactive digital sales in addition to multi-platform video solutions that target data, attribution, addressability and linear advertising opportunities.
Since first joining Effectv in 2001, Mike has held a number of leadership roles, including most recently vice president, Northeast region. In this role, he led the overall sales strategy and execution of the company’s video product suite in more than 10 markets including New York, Philadelphia and Boston. He also served as vice president for two major regions, where he oversaw top markets including New York, Philadelphia, Detroit and Indianapolis.
Throughout his tenure, Mike has been dedicated to driving sales revenue and developing leadership talent. He played an integral role in creating the company’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT) program that focuses on preparing high-performing account executives for management roles.
Mike has more than 25 years of experience in the advertising sales and television industries. Prior to joining Effectv, he spent eight years in the national and local broadcast sales arena with WTTV-TV/Sinclair Stations Group and WNDY/Paramount Stations group, both serving Indianapolis.
Mike is an honoree of the company’s President’s Club Leadership Award, which recognizes extraordinary leadership skills. He also received the Person of the Year award from the Mozel Sanders Foundation, honoring his commitment to this charitable organization that is dedicated to feeding families in need.
A graduate of Ball State University, Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism. He resides with his family in the Philadelphia area.
Head of Political Sales, Effectv
Dan Sinagoga is head of political sales for Effectv (formerly Comcast Spotlight), the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable. In this role, Dan is responsible for the overall sales strategy and revenue growth of the company’s political advertising category. He also oversees the relationship for political with Ampersand, a media advertising sales and technology company.
Since joining Effectv in 2003, Dan has successfully held a number of sales management positions at the company. He started as field marketing manager, followed by regional sales manager, before taking on his current role leading political sales, which has been instrumental to Effectv’s growth in share for the category.
Prior to joining Effectv, Dan began his career in media sales with the Detroit Tigers as senior director of advertising sales, where he developed the sales strategy and led a team responsible for bringing in $15 million dollars of sponsorship revenue. He also spent time at News Corp. as a senior account executive overseeing a $5.5 million budget that included selling programming on WJBK FOX 2 and FOX Sports Net Detroit.
A respected political advertising insider, Dan is often tapped by industry publications for his insight, including Ad Age, AdExchanger, Broadcasting & Cable and Cablefax, among others. He is a platinum member of the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) and a member of Campaigns & Elections.
Dan graduated from Northwood University with a Bachelor of Science in marketing. He resides with his family in the Detroit area.