Time Warner Names Two EVPs

Time Warner Cable announced two new executive appointments that will take effect once the planned transaction with Comcast Corp. and Adelphia Communications Corp. is completed.

Roger Keating will become executive vice president of operations for the Los Angeles region, assuming responsibility for systems in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino and the western portion of Riverside counties currently operated by Adelphia, Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The newly created division serves 1.9 million subscribers.

Time Warner Inc. and Comcast agreed in April to acquire Adelphia’s assets for about $17.6 billion. The deal is expected to be completed in nine to 12 months.

Keating currently serves as Time Warner Cable’s division president in Los Angeles, which offers service to approximately 355,000 customers.

“Roger’s appointment is the next step in a continued reorganization, which will place more of our senior corporate operating executives in our divisions, working closer to our customers,” Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt said in a prepared statement.

“As we drive innovation in terms of our product and service offering, improve our marketing efforts and focus on world-class customer service, it is important that the people with management responsibility for the larger clusters we are creating are never far from the people we serve,” he added. “Roger will begin assembling the necessary team to run a much larger Time Warner Cable presence in the Greater Los Angeles area, anticipating the successful close of the Adelphia transaction.”

The MSO also named Wayne Knighton executive VP of operations for the new Texas region, which encompasses current Time Warner Cable divisions in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Waco and southwest Texas.

The Dallas cable system, currently operated by Comcast, will become part of the new Time Warner Cable Texas region pending the closing of the Adelphia transaction. Time Warner Cable’s expanded footprint in Texas will serve approximately 2.6 million subscribers.

Knighton joined Time Warner Cable in 1992 as division president in Minnesota and, since 1999, he has been division president of its South Carolina division.

“Wayne’s impressive operational track record and past experience in managing multiple systems is the right fit to lead our important Texas region,” Britt said in a prepared statement.