Cox Content Acquisition Exec Bob Wilson to Retire at Yearend
34-year cable veteran guided company through rapid content growth, brokered pioneering deals for multiplatform rights
ATLANTA – Cox’s chief content negotiator, Bob Wilson, will retire at the end of 2013, after more than three decades with the company.
When Wilson joined Cox in 1979, he was one of 45 employees at its Atlanta headquarters, supporting 500,000 customers, a small fraction of the company today. Wilson started as a business manager responsible for financial planning for new franchise operations, but spent 20 years negotiating carriage agreements for cable and broadcast networks.
“Change has been a constant throughout my career, driven by innovative technology and an increasing amount of available content,” said Wilson. "I believe cable has a great product and a bright future and I’ve fought to protect the value of it for our customers. Despite some tough negotiations, the thing I will miss most is the relationships with programmers, peers, partners and colleagues.”
“Bob is one of the most highly respected negotiators in the industry who consistently uses a calm, logical approach to reach agreements,” said Mark Bowser, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Cox Communications. “He's been a tough, but fair, negotiator who has advocated for the business and Cox customers. We offer a competitive line-up for a great value today as a result.”
About Cox Communications:
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet and telephone services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and new media advertising.
Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For seven years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity seven times, including the last six years. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.
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