Cable exex reshuffle at Cox, parent

Robbins to ankle position at end of year

NEW YORK — James Robbins will exit his post as prexy-chief exec of Cox Communications at the end of the year, with exec VP-chief operating officer Patrick Esser tapped to assume the prexy title.

Cox Communications exec VP-chief financial officer Jimmy Hayes will leave his post, effective immediately, to serve as exec VP of parent company Cox Enterprises.

At the end of the year, Hayes will succeed retiring Cox Enterprises prexy-COO Dennis Berry.

Robbins had led the cable venture since 1985 and engineered last year’s move taking Cox Communications private. He has twice served as chairman of the National Cable Telecommunications Assn.

With 6.3 million basic subscribers, Cox is the nation’s third-largest cable TV operator.

Following his retirement on Dec. 31, Robbins will join the board of Cox Enterprises and remain on the board of Cox Communications.

In his current job, Esser has been responsible for all Cox Communications operations, including programming, marketing, research, customer service and ad sales.

Esser will begin reporting to Hayes at the end of the year.

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