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Forum on World Class IT - 319 Interviews and Podcasts

Welcome to the Forum on World Class IT podcast series, a collection of exclusive interviews with Chief Information Officers and other IT industry thought leaders. Learn from the experts on how best to establish a truly World Class IT organization.

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September 23, 2013: Kevin Hart, EVP and CTO of Cox Communications

Among other topics, Kevin discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • The uniqueness of his role as CTO at Cox Communications, compared to the other IT leadership positions that he held
  • How he approached his first 100 days at Cox Communications, and the goals which he thought were essential to meet
  • What he did to manage the transformation process he implemented when he arrived at Cox, and how he measured success
  • How he has implemented a faster pace of innovation within technology at Cox, in order to compete within the rapidly-evolving video entertainment market
  • The steps he has undertaken to institutionalize formalized training programs such as CIO University
  • Eye on the trends: Increasing responsibly of CIOs and CTO to align IT initiatives with overall business goals at firms and to develop future talent

Kevin Hart’s Biography

Kevin is the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cox Communications, a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with more than 6 million residential and commercial customers. In that role, he is responsible for providing overall leadership, strategic and operational direction to the planning and development of an integrated technological platform. He also aligns the technology strategy with overall business objectives.

Prior to his time at Cox Communications, Kevin was Chief Information Officer at Clearwire Corporation.  While there, he was responsible for the company’s Information Technology, Enterprise Network Deployment Planning Office, and Business Process Management functions.  His key accomplishments with Clearwire included leading the transformation of the IT organization during the deployment of the company’s 4G wireless broadband service across the nation.

Kevin also spent time as the CIO at Level 3, one of the world’s largest IP communications providers, and held leadership roles at Capgemini Consulting, International Paper and the former Southwestern Bell Communications (SBC).

Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tulsa and an MBA in Finance with Honors from Notre Dame.

 

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