Gerard Kunkel

Media Strategy Advisor
Microsoft Corporation

Gerard Kunkel is a digital media executive with extensive experience in leading company vision and strategy in the development of new products and a competitive user experience.  He brings extensive experience in the cable TV, technology and media industries, and has been involved with interactive TV since the early 1990s. 

Most recently, Gerard served as an executive at Comcast Cable, where he was Senior Vice President, User Experience and Product Design.  He pioneered and established the Comcast User Experience Department (CUE) and brought together the product designs of television, voice, data, and wireless products.  Gerard joined Comcast when he helped define and then lead, as president, a joint venture between Comcast and TV Guide called GuideWorks.  GuideWorks was the leading provider of on-screen guide technology for television serving more than 50 million users daily.

Prior to Comcast, Gerard was President of WorldGate Communications, an Internet TV technology company where in 1999 he helped raise $120M in an IPO.  He helped lead the company?s effort to distribute services to more than 500,000 households.

Earlier, he was President of Broadband Applications Development Company, a software systems provider to broadband service providers, and launched the first fiber optic to the home digital TV system.  Gerard served as Director of Design and Electronic Publishing for PC Magazine, the nation?s leading computer publication.  He was also an award winning art director for various New York City based magazines, including: Business Week, World Business Weekly of the Financial Times of London, Personal Computing, and Personal Software magazines. 

He is the author of two technical books and over 100 published articles on computing and technology. 

He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and is also an active member of the National Cable Televisions Association (NCTA), Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Usability Professionals Association (UPA), and Cable Television Administration and Marketing (CTAM).