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Cox hires Saksena away from Time Warner Cable

Mon, 10/17/2011 - 5:29pm
Brian Santo

Time Warner Cable executive vice president and deputy chief strategy officer Asheesh Saksena has jumped to Cox Communications, where he will be the CSO, as well as an executive vice president.

Saksena fills a gap at Cox that has been open since January, when former executive vice president and CSO Dallas Clement was hired as the CFO of AutoTrader.com.

With Saksena on board and the hire earlier in April of former Clearwire exec Kevin Hart as CTO (replacing Scott Hatfield), Cox is back up to strength in its technology management suite.

At Cox, Saksena will oversee existing strategy and new business development organizations and be responsible for strategic business planning, competitive assessments, marketplace evaluations and new growth opportunities, Cox said.

Saksena spent about three years at TWC. Prior to that, he was senior executive and partner for communications and high technology strategy at Accenture. Saksena also has held various senior positions at the Tata Group of companies in South Asia.

"Cox and the entire cable industry is at a key inflection point as technology, content and customer requirements rapidly shift," said Pat Esser, president of Cox Communications. "Asheesh has a deep familiarity with the broader communications market and will help drive the necessary strategic shifts that will make us competitive for years to come."

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