Diversity Leadership: Patrick J. Esser, Cox Communications
Patrick J. Esser
“Diversity and inclusion are core values that are woven into every aspect of Cox’s culture and business operations,” Pat Esser said when Cox Communications was named to the DiversityInc Top 50. “These values are fundamental to our company being relevant, sustainable and having a highly engaged workforce.”
Esser, who has been with Cox for more than 30 years, is a strong advocate of diversity. He meets regularly with resource groups and chairs Cox’s Corporate Diversity Council. Prior to being named President in 2006, he was the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He joined Cox in 1979 as Director of Programming in Hampton Roads, Va., and has held numerous leadership roles, including Corporate Vice President of Advertising Sales; Vice President of Operations for Cox’s Western Division; and Senior Vice President of Operations.
Esser is a national trustee for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, serving on the Southeast Region board of governors. He sits on the board of directors of C-SPAN, CableLabs, Cable in the Classroom and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. He is also a member of the board of advisors of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications and the Association of Cable Communicators.
Esser received both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in communications media from the University of Northern Iowa.