john rigsby

Director of virgin media

Orlando, Florida | PathNorth member since 2018

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After earning a degree in political science from Brown University in 1968, John Rigsby began his career in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. From 1968 to 1972, he served on two naval destroyers in in the Pacific before he was transferred to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he met his wife Virginia. Upon being accepted to Harvard Business School in 1974, the couple moved to Boston. After several field management positions, John relocated to Denver where he served as vice president of consumer satellite services at the American Television and Communication Corporation. After moving to New Jersey in 1986, John began tenure at Paragon Communications, a Time Warner and Houston Industries cable joint venture. Here, he served as president of both the Northern Manhattan Division and the Northeast Division. In 1995, John and his family moved to Orlando, Florida, where he was the president of the Florida division for Time Warner Communications. In 2003, John became the president of the Florida Group for Bright House Networks until he retired in 2007.

John’s expertise in the cable industry has been recognized through esteemed honors, including being elected to the governor’s prestigious Florida Information Services Technology Development Task Force and earning the industry’s highest honor for a cable executive, the Vanguard Award for Cable Operations Management. He served on the Virgin Media Board of Directors from 2008 to 2013. John has acted as president of the Board of Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art and is a member of the board of overseers for the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College. At Rollins, John acts as a mentor and offers guidance to MBA students. John was the Chairman of United Arts of Central Florida, chairman of the Board of the Economic Development Commission of Mid Florida, and also as a board member of Enterprise Florida. Evident through his community involvement, John believes leadership means not just working within one’s company, but rather dedicating oneself to their entire community. He was recognized by the mid-Florida chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society with their Silver Hope Award for his outstanding community leadership and philanthropy.