Leadership > Brian Sweeney
Senior Executive Vice President, Strategy and Chief of Staff
As senior executive vice president of strategy, Brian Sweeney oversees Cablevision's corporate strategy function, including the long-term planning process, as well as the company's key strategic growth initiatives centered on customer retention and acquisition. Mr. Sweeney is responsible for driving operational efficiency and strategic alignment across all areas of the company, while also identifying emerging trends and opportunities for long-term growth. In addition, Mr. Sweeney serves as chief of staff to Cablevision President and CEO James L. Dolan, working closely with the entire executive leadership team.
Previously, Mr. Sweeney served as senior vice president, eMedia, where he helped to develop and execute the company's technology and engineering objectives. Under his direction, the company's eMedia group provided development and operational support for the company's interactive and mobile applications; its broadband video delivery systems; and all of its consumer-oriented Web sites. Mr. Sweeney also led the development of the Optimum App, which has been downloaded more than one million times across a wide variety of devices and provides Optimum customers with access to their full cable TV service and on-demand programming anywhere in the home.
A long-time Cablevision executive, Mr. Sweeney began his career in 1993 at Cablevision's programming division Rainbow Media (now AMC Networks) as vice president of information systems. While in this role, he was responsible for all application development and information systems support for the Rainbow-managed cable networks.
In 2003, Mr. Sweeney was part of a team of Cablevision senior executives that received the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Television Programming for iO: Interactive Optimum. The Academy's recognition was based on its conclusion that no other cable or satellite provider exceeded the breadth and depth of the iO digital television service or gave customers more control over their television experience.
Mr. Sweeney serves as a member of Cablevision's board of directors, and is also on the board of directors at AMC Networks and The Madison Square Garden Company. He received his MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Virginia.