GreatLand Connections, the cable operator expected to spring into existence after the completion of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, has named three new executives, expanding its team to five senior leadership members.
The new executives are: Leonard Baxt, executive vice president, chief administrative and legal officer; Michele Roth, senior vice president and chief human resources officer; and Keith Hall, executive vice president for corporate affairs. Together with previously announced president and CEO Michael Willner and CFO Matthew Siegel, the five designated members of the executive leadership team have over 125 years of combined experience in the cable industry.
“Our future employees, customers, shareholders and communities are fortunate to have these accomplished individuals leading this new company. They have deep experience in their areas of responsibility and are extremely knowledgeable about our changing industry. In addition, they have the unique leadership characteristics that will allow a seamless transition for customers and exciting new opportunities for employees and the communities we serve,” Willner said in a statement.
Baxt joins the company from Dow Lohnes, where he served as chairman of the Washington DC law firm prior to its merger with Cooley Law, LLP last year. In addition to managing more than 150 lawyers, Baxt has counseled MSO’s, programmers, and vendors in the cable industry on mergers, acquisitions, corporate governance, financings, and other corporate matters.
Roth is currently group vice president of human resources for Time Warner Cable’s residential division and will serve in this capacity until the closing of the Comcast – Time Warner Cable merger. She oversees the strategic direction and execution of employee initiatives for over 35,000 employees, including employee relations, employee development talent management, and workplace diversity. Prior to her current role, she served in other senior Human Resources positions at Time Warner Cable since 2002.
Hall previously served as senior vice president for external affairs and deputy general counsel at Insight Communications. At Insight, he was responsible for the negotiation and compliance with over 500 local franchises, multiple state level certificates, and developing strong partnerships with community leaders across the footprint.
Publicly traded GreatLand will own and operate systems serving about 2.5 million customers in the Midwest and MidSouth regions. The company will be managed by Charter Communications, which will also own a one-third interest in the company.