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Westporter Glenn Britt, Former Time Warner Cable CEO, 65

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Glenn A. Britt, former chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable who maintained homes in Westport, New York City, and Hawaii, died today. He was 65.

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Robert D. Marcus, who took over as Time Warner Cable chief executive in January after Britt retired, said Britt died of cancer at his home in New York.

An obituary issued by the Frank E. Campbell funeral home in New York said he died “after a valiant fight with melanoma.”

“Glenn left us with a legacy of innovation, integrity and inclusion,” Marcus said in a statement. “We were guided for many years by his strong belief that a company must be willing to reinvent itself to be successful.”

Britt joined the company in 1972. He rose up the corporate ladder, becoming vice president of Time Inc. in 1986, treasurer in 1986 and vice president-finance in 1988.

He later was named senior vice president and treasurer of Time Warner Inc. and then president and CEO of Time Warner Cable Ventures.

He was named CEO of Time Warner Cable in 2001 and chairman of its board in 2009.

He is credited with helping to launch Time Warner’s Road Runner Internet service, overseeing its move into telecom, and guiding the newly independent company following its 2009 spinoff from Time Warner Inc.

Cognizant of the threats that online video posed to cable subscription, Britt pushed Time Warner Cable to expand and enhance its broadband offerings.

In February, Comcast announced that it planned to purchase Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion. The deal is still awaiting regulatory approval.

Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts honored Britt’s philanthropy and competitive spirit in a statement.

“Glenn Britt was an incredible leader, visionary, and for decades he was a wonderful friend and mentor,” Roberts said. “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.”

Outside of work, Britt was involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors, among them serving as a trustee of Westport’s Earthplace.

Gardening was a favorite activity at his Westport home, the obituary noted.

He and his wife Barbara purchased their 3.13-acre home on Long Lots Road opposite the Fairfield County Hunt Club in 1995.

It at one time had been home to the late CBS News correspondent Harry Reasoner and before that was owned by Nat and Lee Greenberg, who rented it for a time to Elizabeth Taylor and husband Mike Todd.

He also had a home on the Big Island of Hawaii, where he enjoyed golf, walks on the beach, and entertaining good friends, the obituary added.

He was born on March 6, 1949, in Hackensack, N.J. to parents Walter E. Britt and Helen Crupi.

He was a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College class of 1971 and received his MBA from he Amos Tuck School of Business in 1972.

In addition to serving on the board of directors of Time Warner Cable, he was a director of both Cardinal Health and Xerox Corporation.

He was also on the board of the Manhattan Theatre Club and was a member of the Tuck Board of Overseers.

He was a member of the Blindbrook Club, Eastward Ho Golf Club of Chatham, Mass., and the Woodway Country Club of Darien as well as the University Club of New York.

He was predeceased by his mother, Helen (Bell) Crupi, and father, Walter Britt. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Barbara Jane Little, and his stepfather, Robert Crupi of Chatham, Mass.

His family will receive friends on Friday, June 13, from 3–5 p.m.  and 7-9 p.m. at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home, 1076 Madison Ave., (81st St.) New York, N.Y. The funeral service will be Saturday, June 14, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial in Westport’s Willowbrook Cemetry will be private.

A memorial celebration of his life will take place in the coming weeks.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to the Dartmouth College Fund for Financial Aid, c/o Gift Recording, 6066 Development Office, Hanover, NH 03755.

Posted 06/11 at 10:03 PM

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Though I knew Glenn in only a small way (he formerly worked-out at the gym at which I was a personal trainer), he always impressed me as a man who seemed so humble, soft spoken and down to earth.  Those traits were not what I expected to find in the sort of guy who held the job title he did.  He was smart but never elitist, he was a high-powered executive but was never boastful or pushy, he was a savvy businessman but was a respectful, gentle soul in the gym.  He was a truly decent guy.

My sympathies go out to Barbara and the rest of the Britt family.  Glenn will always be remembered as one of the nicest clients I’ve had the opportunity to work with.

Posted by Wendy Crowther on June 13, 2014 at 05:58 PM | #

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