Cablevision changes up leadership

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CablevisionCablevision announced that James Dolan will step down as president but remain as CEO. Brian Sweeney, Dolan’s brother-in-law, will succeed him in the former position. Kristin Dolan, Dolan’s wife, has been named COO.


As President, Sweeney, who has been with Cablevision for more than two decades, will continue to work closely with Cablevision’s CEO on the long-term strategic direction and the overall management of the company. He will also work with Ms. Dolan and the company’s other senior executives on the day-to-day oversight of operations. He maintains direct oversight of the key strategic initiatives, the engineering, technology and business intelligence groups as well as Cablevision’s local media properties, including Newsday Media Group and News 12 Networks.

In addition, Ms. Dolan, a 24-year vet of Cablevision, will lead all aspects of cable operations. This includes responsibility for the entire Optimum customer experience from network management and product development to marketing and customer and field service for the company’s residential and commercial Optimum TV digital cable, Optimum Online high-speed Internet and Optimum voice products. She also will continue to oversee Cablevision Media Sales, the Company’s advertising sales division.

In addition to his ongoing role as Cablevision Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, Gregg Seibert will continue to oversee the Lightpath business.

Said James Dolan: “Brian and Kristin have each played critical senior roles in our efforts over the past two years to reposition Cablevision as a leader in customer service and product innovation in this industry. Their decades of experience, strong leadership, technical expertise and sharp business acumen have helped to propel Cablevision forward during a time of great change.”


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