Media experts discuss innovations in cable products and platforms to increase viewer enjoyment.
Tom Beauregard is an Executive Vice President of UnitedHealth Group and the Executive Director of the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization. His responsibilities include leading UnitedHealthâ€™s strategy for health reform with a focus on defining viable solutions to extend affordable and sustainable coverage for all Americans.
Beauregard previously served as the CEO of a UnitedHealthcare business (United Essentials) where he was responsible for research and new product development. In this role Beauregardâ€™s team conducted extensive employer and consumer research and developed related programs and products that extended appealing and affordable coverage to targeted employer and consumer segments. Beauregardâ€™s team has launched several highly innovative solutions that include new breakthroughs in affordable coverage solutions, advanced consumer choice models, value based incentive models, and portable insurance solutions.
Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Beauregard was the National Practice Leader for Hewitt Associates, a global management consulting firm. Beauregard has over 20 years of health care leadership experience and is one of the industryâ€™s leading experts on the forefront of dramatic change.
He is a graduate of Hobart Collegeâ€™s economics program and earned an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and four children.
Frank Gallagher is Executive Director of Cable in the Classroom (CIC). He is a specialist in the areas of media and information literacy, internet safety, media education, and the impact of media on children and speaks frequently on those topics. Mr. Gallagher manages CIC's staff, work, and strategic direction. He was a consulting editor to CIC's publications, Cable in the Classroom Magazine and Threshold, and is also responsible for tracking the cable industryâ€™s work with schools, and writing briefing materials for both the cable and education communities.
Mr. Gallagher has served on the board of directors of National PTA and is currently the secretary and a member of the executive committee of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and is on the Interim Board of the National Forum on Information Literacy. In addition, he is on the Communications Commission of California PTA, the national advisory board for the Internet Keep Safe Coalition and on the Washington, DC, advisory board of Common Sense Media. He is a recipient of a 2011 Family Online Safety Institute Award for Outstanding Achievement for his work in media literacy and digital citizenship.
Prior to joining Cable in the Classroom in 1995, Mr. Gallagher was an educator and taught in a Maryland middle school. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and received a master's degree in Instructional Systems Design from the University of Maryland.
Jared Headley is the Director of Service Provider Mobility at Cisco Systems.
Stewart has been reporting about media and technology subjects for more than 20 years, for publications including Multichannel News, CED Magazine and Kagan World Media. He was the founding editor of Cable World magazine; the author of Fast Forward: Video on Demand and the Future of Television; and the co-author of Planet Broadband with Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini. Stewart is the editor and publisher of ZoneWire.net, which covers the advanced television advertising marketplace.
Greg Von Der Ahe
Greg Von Der Ahe is VP, ATG Product Management, Commercial at Time Warner Cable.
System that distributes television signals by means of coaxial or fibre-optic cables. Cable television systems originated in the U.S. in the late 1940s to improve reception in remote and hilly areas, where broadcast signals were weak. In the 1960s they were introduced in large metropolitan areas where reception is sometimes degraded by reflection of signals from tall buildings. Since the mid-1970s there has been a proliferation of cable systems that offer special services and which generally charge a monthly fee. Besides providing high-quality signals, some systems can deliver hundreds of channels. Another feature increasingly offered by cable operators is two-way, interactive communication by which viewers can, for example, participate in public-opinion polls as well as connect to the Internet. Cable operators are also involved in the development of video compression, digital transmission, and high-definition television.