Doolittle to retire from Time Warner Cable

Prexy and CEO will step down at end of year

Cable industry vet James Doolittle will retire at the end of the year as prexy and chief operating officer of Time Warner Cable, the nation’s largest cable operator serving nearly 12 million subscribers.

Doolittle has been the No. 2 exec at Time Warner Cable since 1992, and, as a result of his retirement, Time Warner has restructured the senior management hierarchy of the division headed by chairman and CEO Joseph Collins.

Glenn Britt will succeed Doolittle as prexy, segueing from his current post as prez of the Time Warner Cable Ventures wing. Thomas Rutledge has been upped to senior exec VP, and Carl Rossetti has been bumped to exec VP from senior veep.

Reporting to Britt under the new alignment will be execs supervising the areas of finance, marketing, engineering, new business and international affairs, as well as about a third of TW’s cable systems.

Rutledge, who previously supervised TW’s cable systems in New York and Texas, will have oversight of the remaining two thirds of TW cable systems and its corporate affairs unit. Rossetti will take over Rutledge’s direct responsibilities for systems in New York and Texas.

Doolittle has worked in the cable industry since 1970, starting out as a system manager for America Television & Communications Corp. in North Carolina. He was named prexy of ATC in 1988 and became prexy of Time Warner Cable in 1992 when TW bought out ATC.

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