Changes Aplenty at Adelphia4/11/2003 10:56 AM Eastern
About one month after taking over the top spot at Adelphia Communications
Corp., chairman and CEO William Schleyer is making sweeping changes.
Schleyer has restructured the troubled MSO into five separate geographic
regions, initiated a performance-related retention plan and hired a new vice
president of programming.
Adelphia will be organized into five separate regions from its current seven
-- Northeast, central, Southeast, California and a smaller Western region.
At the same time, the MSO will expand the size and capabilities of its local
management teams in each region to further decentralize its management structure
and ensure that decisions are made closer to customers.
The operator tapped its current regional managers to head the new units.
Former Great Lakes regional VP Bob Wahl will become senior VP of the
Northeast region; former central region VP Bill Kent will be named senior VP of
the central region; former Florida regional VP Dan Hebert will become senior VP
of the Southeast region; and former Southern California regional VP Lee Perron
will become senior VP of the California region.
Steve Delgado will continue to serve as VP of the Western region.
Two executives who had previously headed up the Southeast and Northeast
regions -- Larry Brett and Jim Sweeney -- resigned.
Aside from the restructuring, Adelphia also hired former In Demand L.L.C.
senior VP of distribution Judith Meyka as its new senior VP of programming.
In her new role, Meyka will be responsible for negotiating Adelphia's
programming-distribution agreements with national and regional cable-television
In addition, she will develop strategies for optimizing the value of
Adelphia's distribution platform and contribute to the development and
implementation of new-product strategies for the company.
Meyka's appointment casts the fate of VP of programming Jeff Abbas into
limbo. Adelphia would not comment on his employment status. According to a
source familiar with the company, Adelphia and Abbas are currently evaluating