John D. Schanz is executive vice president and chief network officer for Comcast Cable.
In this role, Schanz oversees Comcast's national engineering for network and systems operations for the company’s industry-leading cable video, high-speed Internet, and voice services for both consumers and businesses.
He also plays a leadership role with technology strategy for the deployment of new, complementary communications products and services. Under Schanz’s leadership, the company’s Xfinity products are now delivered over one converged, fiber-rich network.
In 2012, IDG’s InfoWorld recognized him with a Technology Leadership Award in the Technology Deployment category for his role as the strategic architect and designer of Comcast’s network, systems, and service delivery infrastructure platforms which deliver Xfinity products to more than 22 million cable customers, 18 million high-speed Internet customers, and 9 million voice customers. Prior to joining Comcast, Schanz served as Executive Vice President of Network and Data Center Operations for America Online (AOL), with responsibility for architecture, planning, design, and operation of AOL’s global network infrastructure, including the AOL service, Netscape, CompuServe, AOL web properties, messaging systems, telephony, rich media, and digital streaming services.
He previously held senior management, operations, and engineering positions with leading technology and communications companies, including Sprint, GE Information Services, and Transaction Network Services.
Schanz holds a Bachelor of Engineering in electrical engineering from Manhattan College of Engineering in Riverdale, N.Y. He also completed General Electric’s Information Systems Management Program, an intensive two-year program combining business rotation with practical training and formal coursework in advanced information technology and systems.
He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and three children. He is an active member of the community and spends much of his time outside work and family focusing on non-profit educational endeavors. He helped to foster Comcast’s initial participation with FIRST®, which inspires young people's interest and participation in science and technology.
He also serves as a Board of Trustee member for Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School and the Anderson Orthopaedic Research Institute.