Billock rises at TW Cable

Promo part of executive-suite overhaul by chairman Britt

NEW YORK — John Billock, president of HBO’s U.S. network group, has moved up to the new post of vice chairman and chief operating officer of Time Warner Cable.

The promotion is part of an executive-suite overhaul engineered by Glenn Britt, who took over as chairman and CEO of TW Cable two months ago.

Britt has hired Thomas Baxter as president of Time Warner Cable, succeeding Thomas Rutledge, who has resigned to follow “a different career direction.” Baxter was CEO of Internet company Audible and was president of cable operator Comcast from 1990-98.

These personnel moves will help TW Cable usher its 12 million subscribers into the new digital world of video on demand, cable telephony and high-speed online services, the company said.

Britt has directed that Christopher Bogart, president and CEO of TW Cable Ventures, focus on the Internet applications of the cable business. And Landel Hobbs will shift from VP of financial analysis and operations support for AOL Time Warner to chief financial officer of TW Cable.

Gaining exec VP stripes is Fred Dressler, senior VP of programming for TW Cable.

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