Pragash Pillai

EVP, Operations
Altice USA

Pragash serves as the Executive Vice President of Operations for Altice USA, overseeing all operational aspects of the delivery of Altice USA’s advanced Optimum and Suddenlink connectivity services for residential and business customers. His scope spans across field service, design engineering, construction, outside plant and operations business processes. He is also responsible for the company’s market expansion strategy, including new build initiatives.

Previously, Mr. Pillai served as Executive Vice President of Customer Experience and Regional Market Strategy for Altice USA, and, prior to that, oversaw a variety of areas across the company’s operations.

Prior to Altice acquiring Cablevision, he served as the Senior Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering for Cablevision, managing all aspects of end-to-end voice, video, data and wireless service delivery infrastructure. He also was Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technology for Bresnan Communications, which was acquired by Cablevision in 2010. Before joining Bresnan he served as Vice President of Advanced Engineering, Digital Video for Charter Communications.

Mr. Pillai received NAMIC’s “Next Generation Leader” Award and the CED Pace Setter Award for Converged Platform. He has also been recognized by CableFAX The Magazine as the MSO Technology Innovator and CableFAX’s Top “20 to Watch” and was the recipient of the Broadcasting & Cable – SMPTE 2007 Next Generation Engineering Leadership Award.

Mr. Pillai has co-authored several industry articles on technology and operations and has participated in multiple industry technical panels and sessions. He was also awarded patents for a proactive network performance and power outage detection.

Mr. Pillai holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Science in Telecommunications from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri. In addition, he completed graduate work in Telecommunications Management at Washington University in St. Louis. Mr. Pillai is a graduate of the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program at Anderson School of Management at UCLA. He also completed the MIT Sloan Executive Program in Strategy and Innovation.