Cox Communications chief content negotiator Bob Wilson will retire at the end of this year after a 34-year career with the company.
Wilson joined Cox in 1979 in its Atlanta headquarters. At the time he was one of 45 employees that helped support Cox’s 500,000 customers. Since then Cox has grown to be the nation’s third-largest cable operator with 4,595,000 basic video customers.
“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.”
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.”