Cathy Avgiris

Cathy Avgiris has been named the new CFO of Comcast Cable. (Comcast Cable / October 4, 2012)

Comcast Cable, the nation’s largest cable provider, has named Cathy Avgiris as its new chief financial officer, effective July 1. She replaces Dave Scott, who is retiring after two decades with the company.

Avgiris, herself a 21-year veteran of the company, will report to the company's president and chief executive officer, Neil Smit.

“Cathy brings broad operational expertise, a strong financial background and a deep understanding of our company and our industry to her new role,” Smit said in a statement. “She is an exceptional leader who has successfully managed some of Comcast’s largest and fastest-growing operations and I look forward to working with her as we continue to grow our business.”

Avgiris was Comcast Cable’s first female executive vice president, according to a Comcast Cable representative, and now becomes arguably the most powerful woman in the industry with the recent departure of Time Warner Cable’s former CFO Irene Esteves.

She currently serves as Comcast Cable’s executive vice president and general manager for communications and data services, where she oversees Comcast’s Xfinity Internet, Xfinity Voice and consumer wireless businesses.  

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