After a 10-month search, Cox Communications has hired Kevin Hart, most recently chief information officer at broadband wireless provider Clearwire, as executive vice president and chief technology officer.
Hart, who starts with the Atlanta-based cable operator effective April 25, will be responsible for providing strategic and operational direction for the planning and development of Cox's integrated technology group. Hart also is charged with aligning the technology strategy with overall business objectives.
Cox's previous CTO, Scott Hatfield, resigned in June 2010. Last December, the MSO recruited Don Hallacy, a former BellSouth and Sprint executive, to manage its technology organization on an interim basis.
"As an accomplished leader, Kevin has a strong track record of driving business results in telecommunications companies," Cox president Pat Esser said in announcing the appointment. "Kevin's strong background in [information technology] transformation, technology deployment, strategic planning and operations will be important as Cox continues to evolve to better serve our customers."
Hart, as Clearwire's CIO, led the company's information technology team, enterprise network deployment planning office and business process management efforts. Before Clearwire, Hart served as CIO at network services provider Level 3 Communications and worked for Capgemini Consulting, International Paper and Southwestern Bell Communications (now AT&T).
Hart earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tulsa and an MBA in finance with honors from the University of Notre Dame. Hart and his family will be relocating from Seattle to Atlanta.
In March Cox hired former Coca-Cola marketing exec Mark Greatrex as chief marketing officer, replacing Joe Rooney, who was named senior vice president of brand marketing, social media and advertising last year.