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Comcast Hires AOL Exec as CIO

Comcast named Andrew Baer, previously in charge of AOL’s business-platform-services group, chief information officer, the company announced Thursday.

Baer will be responsible for Comcast's internal information-technology group, overseeing customer-care, billing and ordering systems; data centers; desktops; internal telephony; and other corporate systems. He will also oversee the integration of the IT organizations from the former Time Warner Cable and Adelphia Communications systems recently acquired by Comcast.

Comcast spokeswoman Jenni Moyer said the CIO spot Baer is filling is a newly created position. Baer will report to executive vice president of finance and administration Dave Scott.

"Comcast's more than 70,000 cable-division employees rely on the efficiency of our internal IT organization," Scott said in a prepared statement. "Andy's expertise will be an asset as our IT team continues to meet the changing technological demands and needs of the cable industry."

At AOL, Baer was responsible for managing several IT initiatives the company had embarked on in preparation to move to an advertising-based business model.

He has also served as CIO for Verestar Satellite Communications, and he was VP of customer-care systems for Verizon Communications.