Julia McGrath, Optimum Lightpath

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Julia McGrath, Optimum LightpathJulia McGrath, who has more than 28 years of experience in the cable and telecommunications industry and who currently holds the position of Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Optimum Lightpath, defines the career path that long-time managers and executives in the wireline industry have followed.

She's held a number of senior management and executive positions throughout her career. McGrath was a co-owner and operator of WideOpenWest (WOW)--a cable overbuilder currently led by another female executive and past Women in Wireless honoree, Colleen Abdoulah--in its early days. And she's a Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) veteran as well, having held several senior-level management positions during her five-year tenure there.

Optimum Lightpath's focus on metro Ethernet in the New York area through its full-fiber network presents an interesting challenge for a business development executive. The company currently lights over 5,000 businesses with fiber across its footprint, including several financial firms whose low-latency requirements are exacting.

And its potential for profit is even greater as the overall dark fiber market is predicted by IBISWorld to climb at an average annual rate of 3.7 percent to $986.2 million by the end of this year. In response to this trend, Optimum Lightpath recently announced its Private Fiber Service, a managed alternative to dark fiber.