Cablevision buoys Azznara to N.Y. prez

Exec to o'see company's consolidations

NEW YORK — As part of its digital strategy, Cablevision Systems Corp. veteran exec Joseph Azznara has been promoted to president, New York metropolitan area, the company announced Wednesday.

Azznara, who was most recently president, telecommunications services, will oversee the consolidation of the company’s core consumer and business telecommunications operations and its retail holdings.

Reporting to Cablevision president and CEO James L. Dolan, Azznara will be responsible for managing Cablevision’s cable, Internet and telephone service offerings, as well as overseeing the integration of the 41 the Wiz retail outlets into the company’s digital strategy and operations.

Dolan said, “As Cablevision focuses on its shift from analog to digital services, Joe’s expertise, his ability to develop and execute business strategies, and his team-building and management skills will benefit the company and its customers.”

Synergy with chain

Critics scoffed when Cablevision purchased the Wiz for an estimated $80 million in early 1998. But the company has utilized its ownership in the consumer electronics chain to market its family of brands and offer its telecommunications services side by side with electronics equipment that consumers can use to access those services.

“Down the road, the Wiz will be a connectivity store rather than just a consumer electronics store,” Azznara said.

A 22-year veteran of Cablevision, Azznara has held various posts at the company. Most recently, he oversaw Cablevision’s telecommunications services and was responsible for the company’s network infrastructure, customer service, sales and technical operations throughout the New York metro area.

Previously, he was senior VP of Cablevision’s operations in New Jersey and Long Island and Westchester, N.Y.

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