Glenn Britt, Former Time Warner Cable Chief, Dies After Fight With Cancer

Britt stepped down at the end of 2013

Glenn Britt, the former CEO of Time Warner Cable, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 65.

Britt, who  battled melanoma in 2008, announced in October that his cancer had recurred. He had already planned to retire at the end of the year after serving as CEO since 2001.

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Rob Marcus, who succeeded Britt, said he passed away Wednesday morning at his home in New York City with his wife, Barbara, by his side.

“Glenn left us with a legacy of innovation, integrity and inclusion,” Marcus said. “We were guided for many years by his strong belief that a company must be willing to reinvent itself to be successful; his commitment to saying what you mean and doing what you say; and his conviction that a richly diverse workforce – diverse in ethnicity, culture, beliefs, perspectives, experiences and lifestyles – is necessary to best serve our diverse customers and communities.  He will long be remembered for his thoughtful and steady leadership through rapidly changing times in the communications field.”

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Marcus added: “Glenn was a leader, colleague, mentor, role model and friend who will be greatly missed.”

Marcus took over as CEO in January, and within six weeks helped orchestrate a $45 billion deal to sell the company to former rival Comcast.

“Glenn Britt was an incredible leader, visionary, and for decades he was a wonderful friend and mentor,” said Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts. “He was a key part of our industry’s growth and success and was a true leader in every respect. His focus on helping others was heartwarming, and his competitive spirit was inspiring. He will be deeply missed.”

Britt joined Time Inc. in 1972 and became vice president and treasurer in 1986. Time Warner spun off Time Warner Cable in 2009.

The company unveiled a tribute page to Britt on Wednesday morning.