Cablevision marketing EVP Jonathan Hargis is exiting the company this month, Deadline.com reports. He first arrived at Cablevision in 2000.
The move follows the departure of respected Chief Operating Officer Tom Rutledge, the story notes, and again raises questions about Chief Executive Jim Dolan’s plans for Cablevision.
While Cablevision didn’t name a replacement for Hargis, it’s believed that Dolan’s wife, Kristin, who serves as senior vice president of product management and marketing, will play a bigger role, the piece adds.
Even before the departure of Hargis, speculation centered on Kristin Dolan’s role in the company, the story points out.
"We believe she has been taking the marketing reins (unclear whether John Hargis is still with the company and what his role is) and is currently leading the company’s efforts to re-orient the marketing message for all of Cablevision’s cable products,” wrote BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield, before Hargis’ departure was announced.
Apparently in response to such speculation, Cablevision followed the news of Hargis’ departure with a statement clarifying Kristin Dolan’s role. The company stated: “She is currently focused on brand identity and new product initiatives, and has been with the company for more than 20 years. This includes many years working directly in the Cablevision product group, during which she took a leadership role in the development, launch and continued development of our iO TV digital cable service. For the last three years, she has been running our Strategic Product Development Group, focused on long-range development across all of our services. She is well known and highly regarded in the industry.”