When it comes to starring roles, Cable TV Pioneer Yvette Kanouff has everything it takes to be a headliner.

After a lifetime of pioneering feats that encompassed technological innovations and improvements from new video applications to on demand and streaming, it’s no surprise that the 71st National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has selected Yvette to receive its prestigious the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award Emmy ®Award.

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Currently, Yvette is a partner and CTO of JC2 Ventures, a venture firm focused on helping global startups to scale and grow and previously. She held senior executive roles as both a cable operator and vendor, consistently focusing on new technology breakthroughs in the media arena. Previously, Yvette headed the $7B service provider business at Cisco Systems.

Early on, she set the pace working on projects such as automated fingerprint recognition and radar signal processing for Lockheed Martin. She helped launch the first video on demand trial in the world while at Time Warner Cable.  She is the former president of SeaChange and helped the company win an Emmy for video on demand, and while EVP of Technology and IT for Cablevision, the company won a Technology Emmy for pioneering work in network-based DVR.

A woman of many talents, Yvette has a strong track record in championing diversity and women’s leadership in the workplace. She was Cisco’s Executive Sponsor for the Hispanic ERO and creator of its Multiplier Effect minority champion program which was endorsed by other companies like Twitter. She also is founder of WICT/SCTE Tech Connect mentoring program.

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