The Cable Hall of Fame just gained a new name: Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global. Mike has been there from the start of the Liberty story: the fifth employee, an original equity investor and one of the key architects to build the worldwide operation that Liberty Global is today.
As Mike says, “we started this company with $20million and a good idea”. In the three decades since, he has played a pivotal role at every stage in the company’s rise, from start-up to Fortune 500.
As CEO he has taken the company into new territories and markets with fearless determination. Today, Liberty Global is the largest international TV and broadband company in the world, with operations in 30 countries, 40,000 employees and 75 million subscribers.
Mike’s induction into the Cable Hall of Fame recognizes not only his success at Liberty Global but his wider contribution to the industry: bringing content to international markets, globalizing cable and leading the way on broadband speeds.
With a determination to break new ground, Mike’s leadership has seen millions of new consumers and businesses able to work, play, be informed and entertained.
At the April ceremony in Washington D.C he joined other giants in the industry in the Hall of Fame, such as David Chase – creator of The Sopranos, Steve Burke of NBCUniversal, and David Zaslav of Discovery Communications.
For Mike, it’s important to remember those who paved the way for Liberty Global’s success. Speaking after the ceremony in Washington D.C. he shared the lesson he instils in his international team: “I remind them that we might have been pioneers outside the U.S., but we stand on the shoulders of giants.”