Leo J. Hindery, Jr., 71, is Managing Partner of InterMedia Partners VII, LLP, which makes mid- to large-size media investments. InterMedia Partners VII follows on InterMedia Partners I through VI which were founded by Mr. Hindery in 1988 and, by 1997-1999 when they were sold, were the ninth largest cable system operator in the country. Until October 2004 he was Chairman (and until May 2004 Chief Executive Officer) of The YES Network, the nation's premier regional sports network he formed in the summer of 2001 as the television home of the New York Yankees, where he won five executive producer Emmys for outstanding programming.
From December 1999 until January 2001, Mr. Hindery was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GlobalCenter Inc., a major Internet services company, which was then merged into Exodus Communications, Inc. (During part of this time, from March 2000 until September 2000, Mr. Hindery served as interim Chief Executive Officer of Global Crossing Ltd., the parent company of GlobalCenter.)
Until November 1999, Mr. Hindery was President and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Broadband, which was formed out of the March 1999 merger of Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI) into AT&T. AT&T Broadband encompassed all of AT&T's video, local telephony and data services operations. Mr. Hindery was elected President of TCI and its numerous affiliated companies, then the world's largest cable television distribution and programming entity, in February 1997.
In 1998, Mr. Hindery was International Cable Executive of the year and received the Foundation Award of the International Radio & Television Society, the Executive Achievement Award of the National Association of Minorities in Cable, the CTPAA President's Award for Outstanding Commitment to Public Affairs, and the Joel A. Berger Award for his leadership in AIDS and HIV awareness and initiatives. In 1999, Mr. Hindery was named Cable Television Operator of the Year, received from the National Cable Television Association its Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership, and was named by "Business Week" as one of the "Top 25 Executives of the Year". In 2002, Mr. Hindery was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Minority Media & Telecom Council, received the Oates-Shrum Leadership Award of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, and was named a Founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). In 2003, he co-founded, along with Russian Federation Council Chairman Sergey Mironov, Transatlantic Partners Against AIDS (TPAA). In 2004, he received The Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award for his service to humanity and the Man of the Year Award of the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America. In 2005, he received from the Asia Society and TPAA their Founders Award for his efforts in the international fight against AIDS, notably in Asia.
Mr. Hindery graduated from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business in 1971, where he earned a Master of Business Administration degree. He is a graduate of Seattle University. Mr. Hindery has received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from each of Emerson College and the Rabbinical College of America. He is currently an Executive-in-Residence at Columbia Business School. Mr. Hindery is a Director of the Daniels Fund, the Global Business Council on HIV/AIDS, the Library of Congress Trust Fund, the Milano School of New School University, Teach for America, and Victory Junction Gang Camp. He is a U.S. Senate appointed Member of the HELP Commission, which seeks to improve U.S. development assistance and food aid around the globe. He is also a Director of West Virginia Media Holdings LLC.
Mr. Hindery is married to Patti Wheeler, and he has one daughter from a previous marriage, Robin Hindery, who is a journalist. For recreation, Mr. Hindery races a Porsche GT3 RS professionally, and his racing resume, which began in NASCAR from 1995 to 1997, includes the last four 24 Hours of Le Mans (2002-2005) where he finished second in 2003 and first in 2005.