Recent Comcast personnel moves: A new board member; Exec finally leaves for Sprint, and one will split time between NYC & Philly

Tom Paine

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Comcast appointed David C. Novak to its Board of Directors last week.

David C. Novak

Novak last served as Executive Chairman of quick service restaurant group YUM Brands, leaving earlier this year.

Though much respected as a business leader, some eyebrow were raised when Novak departed YUM wth a nest egg of $234 million, almost all in a tax-deferred compensation account, exempt from the annual contribution limits imposed on ordinary 401(k)s. The total compensation doesn't seem out of line comparatively with peers for an executive who ran a huge company successfully for 15 years, but some contrasted his earnings to that of the average Yum hourly restaurant worker.

Given the President-elect's fondness for KFC, one of YUM's brands, its surprising that Novak didn't end up with a cabinet position in Washington.

Rob Roy officially joined Sprint as Chief Digital Officer last week, after a detour of several months.

Comcast had filed suit in June against Roy for violating a non-compete clause in his contract, after he indicated his intent to leave Comcast, where he had held a somewhat similar position, to go to Sprint.

After much legal wrangling, an agreement was reached allowing him to finally move on.

Though the use of non-competes has been restricted in several states and they have often been used as a club against employee freedom of movement, sometimes they make sense. In Roy's case, the issue may have been what he knew about Comcast's emerging wireless plans,which certainly could have been an issue as he was moving to Sprint.

Roy didn't spend much time at Comcast, having joined it from Time Warner Cable in September 2015.

In November, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal jointly promoted Kathy Kelly-Brown to SVP Strategic Initiatives. She will be responsible for identifying creative, technological and strategic opportunities across the entire portfolio of both Comcast and NBCUniversal, and will report to both Neil Smit on the Cable side and Steve Burke on the NBCU side, splitting time between New York and Philadelphia.

An NBCU veteran, she replaces Maggie McLean Suniewick, who recently was promoted to the newly created role of President, NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises.

RS Energy Group (RSEG) Acquires Leading Data Provider, NavPort

RS Energy Group Announces Acquisition of Data Company, NavPort
Data product a key element to high-powered energy research offering

RS Energy Group (RSEG) Acquires Leading Data Provider, NavPort
December 12, 2016 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
CALGARY, Alberta--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RS Energy Group (RSEG) today announced that is has acquired NavPort, a leading completion and production data company serving the upstream oil and gas market. The acquisition comes following a majority investment in RSEG by Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing, in late-2015. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition adds a key data component to RSEG’s service offerings. "This is an exciting time for both RS Energy and NavPort,” said Jim Jarrell, Co-CEO of RSEG. “We are highly committed to providing world-class intelligence and service through our research and adding an in-house data product provides our customers with the best of both worlds.”

NavPort was created to fill an industry need for reliable and comprehensive production and completion data and was spun out of Preferred Sands in September 2014. Its team of industry experts specialize in data gathering, visualization and analytics, enhancing RSEG’s current upstream and midstream offerings to provide best-in-class energy intelligence and client service.

The combination of RSEG and NavPort provides energy investors, operators and service companies with unique and objective intelligence that integrates world-class financial, operational and geological data. Companies that subscribe to RSEG can visualize the complete energy landscape from a macro-economic scale down to the well-level, leveraging elements such as proprietary geo/earth modeling, valuations and investment trends, forecasting and predictive analytics and a patent-pending production allocation methodology.

The expanded team continues to map thousands of unique data sets; scrub, enhance and correct complex public information; test and integrate derived analytics and develop an intuitive, user interface for data exploration.

The RSEG team is excited to announce that the culmination of these efforts, RS Data™, will be available to customers in early-2017. “We are dedicating significant resources to building the highest quality data product using today’s technologies,” said Manuj Nikhanj, Co-CEO of RSEG. “The quality, speed, granularity of data and flexibility in the analytics will be more advanced than anything on the market. We couldn’t be more thrilled with what’s to come.”

About RS Energy Group

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, RS Energy Group (RSEG) is the standard in energy intelligence. Since 1998, RSEG’s dedicated team of engineers, economists, geologists, developers, CFA charter holders, data scientists and mathematicians has provided integrated, thorough and objective analysis to institutional investors, governments and corporate clients. RSEG is a privately-held company with office locations in Houston, Denver, New York City, New York; Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London.

To learn more visit

[VIDEO]: Hear from the new combined RSEG and NavPort team.

RS Energy Group
Leila Thornborough, 403-294-9111


Headquarters: Calgary, Alberta
CEO: Manuj Nikhanj
Employees: 100
Organization: PRI
Release Summary
RS Energy Group (RSEG) is excited to announce its acquisition of NavPort, a leading completion and production data company. RSEG's unique energy intelligence now offers a raw data element.

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