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Comcast Streamlines Operating Divisions

With the first anniversary of its acquisition of AT&T Broadband fast approaching, Comcast Corp. said it has restructured its cable operations from six divisions to five, with each division president reporting to cable-operations chief Steve Burke.

Comcast kept the same basic structure it announced after it closed its AT&T Broadband acquisition Nov. 18, 2002. The difference is that it combined its Mountain and Western divisions into one new West division consisting of Comcast’s Northern California group (Bay area and central California), as well as Colorado, Utah, Washington and Oregon.

The West division is headed by former Mountain division president Brad Dusto.

Former Western-division president Joe Fischer was named to the newly created position of senior vice president, telephone implementation. Fischer will be based in Philadelphia and will report to Rian Wren, senior VP and general manager, telephony.

In addition, the Southwestern group (formerly the Mountain division’s Southern region) will add responsibility for Southern California to its oversight of systems in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The Southwestern group will continue to be led by Ann Montgomery, who will now report to Atlantic-division president Steve Burch.

The other three divisions are unchanged: the Southern division, headed by John Ridall; Eastern division, headed by Michael Doyle; and Midwest Division, led by Dave Scott.

"This reorganization will help to leverage the talents of our existing operating executives to capitalize on the potential for continued growth from our unparalleled cable footprint and new product offerings, including video-on-demand, HDTV and high-speed Internet service," Burke said in a prepared statement.