Saksena’s role as EVP and Chief Strategy Officer is critical to Cox’s future growth within the company’s product portfolio and through the exploration of adjacent businesses. For instance, recently his team backed a healthcare venture with The Cleveland Clinic called “Vivre”—meaning “to live” in French—which accelerated the adoption of home healthcare through investing in the remote medical kiosk company HealthSpot. Expect more strategic investments in the areas of video, broadband and smart homes as Cox’s deployment of Gigabit infrastructure ramps up. Saksena is also passionate about mentoring and giving back. He’s the Executive Sponsor of the Young Professionals Employee Resource Group (ERG) and leads Cox’s Millennials Influencing Decision Making (MIND), which includes a diverse workforce dedicated to capturing multiple perspectives of young people.
What’s your biggest professional accomplishment in the past 12 months?
Helping diversify the portfolio of our business into emerging areas of opportunities (e.g., home health, cloud gaming). Cox has a rich history of being first to market across a wide range of services, and that same spirit and processes guide our incubation program.
Best business advice you’ve received?
Always come prepared.
How can cable better support diversity?
By amplifying the voice of its diverse workforce and multicultural customer base into the decision making process. It is a useful habit to stop often enough to ask whether a decision furthers our spirit of embracing diverse thoughts.
How do you define success?
Delivering on commitments.