This week’s column features an all-MSO cast. Jonathan Hargis has joined Charter as EVP, CMO, effective April 9. He comes from Cablevision, where he held the EVP, Marketing post, and prior to that, he held leadership posts at AT&T. Hargis is on the board of CTAM and for a time served as its chair. He’ll apply his 11 years’ industry experience to heading up the MSO’s sales and marketing activities. Hargis enjoys tennis and boating in his spare time.
Cox has appointed Ken Kraft to the newly created position of VP, Cox Business Marketing. The telecom marketing vet was brought to support the company’s growth in commercial telecom service. Kraft will oversee creation and implementation of marketing strategies and will work closely with the sales, product development and brand organizations within Cox Business. Kraft has worked in the telecom industry for 24 years, most recently as Executive Director, Channel Marketing for AT&T’s mid-markets business division. There he designed and launched a new acquisition sales channel. Kraft also held top roles at BellSouth and Sprint. Fun fact about Ken: He was a DJ in college. Also, he is currently an aspiring chef—and even a member of Chaine de Rottiseurs, a historic food and wine society.
D’Arcy F. Rudnay
D’Arcy F. Rudnay, now Chief Communications Officer for Comcast, also loves to cook, particularly with her family. “We still have Sunday night dinners every week but the line-up changes depending on who’s in town.” And she’s a fan of the Eagles and the Phillies. “Baseball relaxes me, so I try to watch as much as I can even if I am working on something at home.” As SVP, Corporate Communications, Rudnay will continue to manage strategic communications, but with the new title she’s added leadership of Comcast’s brand and reputation, particularly while navigating the added complexities post-NBCU deal, to her purview. Pre-Comcast, she served as VP, Corporate Communications and Corporate Identity at Advanta Corporation and Communications Manager for the Pew Charitable Trusts. Oh, and did we mention that Rudnay is one of our own Most Powerful Women in Cable? With this promotion, her career continues to climb. Congrats.
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