John Heslip, AT&T Broadband's well-liked and respected vice president of
network implementation, will leave the company Friday following five years of
serving AT&T Broadband and the former Tele-Communications Inc.
Greg Braden, AT&T Broadband's executive vice president of broadband
services and chief technology officer, shared the news with company employees
via a memo dated April 6 and obtained by Multichannel News.
Heslip's departure is the latest in a string of moves that has built the
MSO's Broadband Services division, which is headed by Braden. That division
encompasses three AT&T Broadband businesses -- telephony, high-speed data
and new-product development -- as well as the company's engineering
Leaving AT&T Broadband 'was purely my own decision,' Heslip said. 'In
fact, Mr. Braden tried to talk me out of it.'
Brought in by former CTO Tony Werner, Heslip was assigned the task of
upgrading the networks relative to the old TCI organization.
Heslip, a 20-year cable veteran, joined TCI in 1996 as director of
engineering, responsible for technical operations in Florida and Georgia. Before
that, he served as director of operations and engineering for Rogers Cable Inc.,
Canada's largest MSO.
Heslip said about 75 percent of AT&T Broadband's upgrades have been
completed. 'We've made some great strides. We had run rates of 300,000 to
400,000 homes per month. I think we're essentially done. Now it's time for me to
move on and do something different,' he added.
What that will be is yet to be determined. Heslip said he is weighing a
number of opportunities, and he should have something finalized in the next
eight to 12 weeks.
Although where Heslip will resurface remains hazy for now, what is known is
that he was a well-liked figure in the vendor community.
'Of the top-level executives, [Heslip] was one of the most accessible as far
as returning phone calls, agreeing to meetings and actually showing up to those
meetings,' said a vendor who had direct contact with Heslip during his tenure at
Succeeding Heslip is his former direct report and vice president of hub
engineering Anthony Bowling. Like Braden, Bowling has previous experience at U S
West (now part of Qwest Communications International Inc.) and MediaOne Group
Inc. (now part of AT&T Broadband).
Among his credits, Bowling spearheaded MediaOne's cable-telephony projects in
Atlanta and Jacksonville, Fla., and directed regional operations of MediaOne's
broadband-plant upgrades in Florida, Virginia and New York, which represented
roughly 1 million subscribers and about 1.6 million homes passed.
Bowling also has former ties with AT&T Corp., having served as regional
division business manager for the company's local-services division in the
In his new role, Bowling will handle market rebuilds and upgrades for the
nation's largest MSO.
Bowling is 'a rising star' at AT&T Broadband, a vendor source said. 'He's
quickly becoming, if he isn't already, part of Greg Braden's inner