Tom Rutledge, chief operating officer of Cablevision Systems, has informed the company he will resign effective December 19.

Rutledge joined Cablevision in 2002 as the company’s president of cable and communications. He became chief operating officer in 2004, assuming additional responsibilities for Cablevision’s Rainbow Media (now called AMC Networks); Local Media properties including Newsday and other businesses and administrative functions.

“Everything I hoped for when I came to Cablevision has come true. I am proud of our record of success, and of the strong leadership team that remains in place to continue this work,” Rutledge said in a statement. “I have spent my entire working life – 34 years – in the cable industry, but my decade at Cablevision will always stand out because of the things we were able to achieve and the value we were able to deliver to customers in the most competitive market in the nation.”

Cablevision indicated it has an experienced senior management team in place overseeing cable and its other businesses, and that it has commenced a search for an executive with responsibility for oversight of the cable operations.

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