Cablevision Names Kristin Dolan COO

Sweeney Gets President Nod
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Cablevision Systems finally found a replacement for former chief operating officer Tom Rutledge, and she was part of the family all along.

Cablevision said it has named former president of Optimum Services Kristin Dolan as COO, effective immediately. In addition CEO James Dolan – her husband – said he would relinquish one of his titles – president – to his brother-in-law Brian Sweeney.

According to reports, the Dolans announced a trial separation last year, but are still married. Cablevision declined to comment on their personal relationship.

In her new role, Kristin Dolan occupies a spot that has been vacant since former COO Tom Rutledge resigned from the company in 2011. Rutledge currently is CEO of Charter Communications.

Dolan has been moving steadily up the ranks. She was named president of Optimum Services last April, responsible for all Optimum products, brand positioning and customer service. Dolan has a strong background in marketing and les efforts to introduce new products and product enhancements, including faster broadband speeds and oversaw the rollout of its Onyx platform. A 24-year veteran of the company, she will lead all aspects of its cable operations, including  responsibility for network management and product development to marketing and customer and field service for the its residential and commercial cable, high-speed Internet and voice products.  She also will continue to oversee Cablevision Media Sales, the company’s advertising sales division.

“Kristin has effectively guided a complete transformation of the Optimum experience for our customers in a fiercely competitive environment. She has a keen grasp of every aspect of the cable and advertising sales operations and a core commitment to putting the customer at the forefront of everything we do,” James Dolan said in a statement. “As we move to capitalize on the significant opportunities that lie ahead for Cablevision, I am certain that Kristin will continue to provide exemplary leadership and operational focus as we work to meet our customers’ evolving expectations.”

Sweeney, who most recently served as senior executive vice president, strategy and chief of staff to the CEO and has been with the Cablevision for more than two decades, will continue to work closely with the CEO on the long-term strategic direction and the overall management of the company.  He will also work with Kristin Dolan and the company’s other senior executives on the day-to-day oversight of the company’s operations.  He maintains direct oversight of the company’s key strategic initiatives, the engineering, technology and business intelligence groups as well as Cablevision’s local media properties, including Newsday Media Group and News 12 Networks.

 “For more than 20 years, Brian has consistently demonstrated superb judgment as he acquired a deep understanding of our business, and built strong relationships internally and across the industry,” James Dolan said in a statement. “He has worked by my side helping to drive the operational initiatives and the cultural change needed to achieve our goals. I have confidence in Brian’s exceptional capabilities and in his clear vision of Cablevision’s future prospects.”

In addition to his ongoing role as Cablevision vice chairman and CFO, Gregg Seibert will continue to oversee the Lightpath business.

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