Pat Esser

Years in Cable: 38

Education: BA and MA., University of Northern Iowa

One Word that Best Describes Me: Lucky

Esser, a Cox employee since 1979, and Campbell, a 35-year Cox employee, have presided over a period of prosperity as the MVPD has become the No. 3 US operator amid major change in the sector. Making the most of, as Esser puts it, “the growing number of connected elements in your daily living,” Cox has leaned into broadband and rebranded local programming under the YurView Network umbrella, which supplements local with national and digital exclusives. While several rivals have floated some trial takeover balloons, the longtime pride of Atlanta looks to be standing pat (Pat?) in the best sense. Marking her myriad industry accomplishments, Campbell is slated to be inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame at its 20th annual celebration in late April.

Q&A

What inspires you most about this industry? How our people bring to life the values of our owners.

The best thing about fast broadband is… the growing number of connected elements in your daily living.

What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? Integrity, accountability and ability to learn.

Best way to spend a Saturday night: A relaxing dinner with my wife.

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