NAMIC Unveils 2018 Next Generation Leaders

The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Tuesday named its 2018 Next Generation Leaders Awards honorees.

NAMIC, in partnership with Multichannel News, will honor the executives – recognized for their emerging multicultural business leaders in the media and entertainment industry for their career successes and commitment to fostering diversity in the workplace – during its annual NAMIC Awards Luncheon, scheduled for Oct. 17.

The 2018 Next Generation Leader Awards in four categories are as follows:

Cable MSO: Tamara Bowens, Group VP, Field Marketing and Sales Enablement, Spectrum Enterprise, Charter Communications

Cable Programmer: Veronica Molina, Executive Director, News Standards & Practices, CNN Worldwide

Creative Discipline: Jennifer Perri, VP, Univision Creator Network, Univision Communications Inc.

Tech Company/Discipline: Saleem Malkana, VP, Product, New Digital Business, AMC Networks

“This year’s class of Next Generation Leaders and Luminaries are powerful advocates for inclusion and diversity in the workplace and are bringing tremendous value to their companies and our industry,” said Joiava Philpott, vice president, Regulatory Affairs, Law & Policy Department, Cox Communications and chairperson of the NAMIC National Board of Directors in a statement. “We should all be inspired by the talent, leadership and commitment of these honorees and the paths they are creating for those who follow in their footsteps.”

In addition NAMIC will also recognize 10 emerging executives in its 2018 Luminaries Class. Those honorees include James An, VP, Business Integration and Implementation, Charter Communications; Darshan Arneja, Executive Director, CRM Strategy and Planning, Cox Communications; Angel Arocho, Executive Director, Compliance, Comcast Cable; Tom Chiang, VP, Video Products, Charter Communications; Roy Cho, VP, Distribution, AMC Networks; Brendan Gabriel, VP, Production & Creative Director, The Africa Channel; Cherisse McKenzie, VP, Production, REVOLT Media & TV; Toni Murphy, VP, Comcast Business, Comcast Cable; Sheereen Russell, VP, Ad Sales & Partner Solutions, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network; Jose Zamora, SVP, Strategic Communications, News, Univision Communications Inc.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.