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Engineering EVP Latest Exec to Exit Cablevision

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) Executive Vice President of Corporate Engineering and Technology James Blackley is the latest top exec to leave the MSO, Light Reading Cable has learned.

Industry sources confirmed his coming exit, but did not know the nature of the decision or when Blackley's last day with the MSO will be. Cablevision was not immediately available for comment.

Update: Cablevision confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Blackley has informed the company of his intention to resign, but will remain with Cablevision through May. The MSO added that Kathleen Mayo, Cablevision's EVP, consumer operations, has also announced her intention to resign, and will leave the company later this month.

Blackley joined Cablevision in 1996, and was promoted to his latest position, overseeing the company's engineering, enterprise IT and e-media departments, in August 2010. At the time, he reported to former Cablevision COO Tom Rutledge. (See Cablevision Names EVP. )

Word of Blackley's departure comes a day after the MSO named ex-SeaChange International Inc. (Nasdaq: SEAC) President Yvette Kanouff to the post of EVP, engineering, software design. She was set to report to Blackley and Cablevision Senior Advisor of Engineering and Technology Wilt Hildenbrand. (See Ex-SeaChange President Joins Cablevision.)

Blackley's departure would also be the latest in a string of recent executive departures that have sparked questions that the MSO might look to sell or try another bid to take the company private. Former Cablevision cable unit President John Bickham resigned last November, and the next month Rutledge, too, departed before quickly resurfacing to as the new president and CEO of Charter Communications Inc. . (See Ex-Cablevision COO Becomes Charter CEO and What's Next for Cablevision? )

Cablevision announced the resignation of EVP of Marketing Jonathan Hargis earlier this month.

"As Cablevision evolves into a more competitive and customer-focused organization, executive changes are to be expected. It is an occurrence that is inevitable as we continue to grow and transform as a company," Cablevision said, in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 5:39:33 PM
re: Engineering EVP Latest Exec to Exit Cablevision

This follow up from Multichannel News notes that Wilt Hildenbrand  will returning to CVC on a full-time basis, so they may be able to adjust pretty quickly if that's the case.

In the meantime, we're also hearing that some people on Blackley's team are also leaving, but that hasn't been confirmed. JB




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