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Cox tabs former Clearwire exec as new CTO

Fri, 04/15/2011 - 8:35am
Mike Robuck

Cox Communications went for someone with wireless and IT experience when it hired former Clearwire executive Kevin Hart as its new chief technology officer.

Hart was formerly Clearwire's chief information officer, but he left the company last month, along with former CEO Bill Morrow and chief commercial officer Mike Sievert.

Kevin HartHart replaced former Cox CTO Ken Hatfield, who abruptly left the company last year. At the time, Cox said it was a mutual decision regarding Hatfield's departure, but the deployment of Cox's wireless service lagged under his tenure.

Cox initially named Percy Kirk as its interim CTO while a search was underway for Hatfield's replacement, but then Cox announced in December that former BellSouth and Sprint executive Don Hallacy would serve as its interim chief technology officer.

Hart, who was also named as executive vice president at Cox, starts his new duties on April 25.

While at Clearwire, Hart was responsible for the company's information technology, enterprise network deployment planning office and business process management functions.

Hart was also credited with leading the transformation of Clearwire's IT organization during the deployment of the company's 4G WiMAX wireless broadband service across the nation.

"As an accomplished leader, Kevin has a strong track record of driving business results in telecommunications companies," said Cox Communications President Pat Esser. "Kevin's strong background in IT transformation, technology deployment, strategic planning and operations will be important as Cox continues to evolve to better serve our customers."

Hart also served as CIO at Level 3, one of the world's largest IP communications providers, and held leadership roles at Capgemini Consulting, International Paper and the former Southwestern Bell Communications (SBC). 

Hart earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tulsa and an MBA in finance with honors from Notre Dame. Hart and his family will be relocating from Seattle to Cox's headquarters in Atlanta.

Early last month, Cox hired Mark Greatrex as its new chief marketing officer and senior vice president, while also announcing that Stephen Bye had left his post as senior vice president of Cox's wireless division.

Greatrex replaced Joe Rooney as the company's CMO after Rooney was named Cox's senior vice president of brand marketing, social media and advertising in July.

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