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Cox Communications’ President offers four tips to get your CEO to be a diversity leader.

Pat Esser


Cox Communications

Patrick (Pat) Esser is President of Cox Communications, a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company serving more than 6 million residential and commercial customers.

Esser brings more than 30 years of experience in cable and telecommunications to bear on his role as Cox’s top executive, a position he’s held since 2006. He joined Cox in 1979 as Director of Programming in Hampton Roads, VA., and was part of the original management team that pioneered Cox’s advertising sales division now known as Cox Media. Named Corporate Vice President of Advertising Sales in 1991, Esser was presented with the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau President’s Award just three years later. Esser became Vice President of Operations for Cox’s Western Division in 1999, and a year later was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations. In 2004, Esser was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Esser holds a B.A. and M.A. in communications media, and in 2003 was presented the university’s Heritage Honors Alumni Achievement Award. In 2009, he was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.

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