Former WOW CEO Steven Cochran’s 18-month “self-imposed sabbatical” has ended, with the veteran cable executive taking over for retiring Cable One Chief Financial Officer Kevin Coyle.
According to an announcement from Phoenix, Arizona-based Cable One, Cochran will hold the position of senior VP and CFO, effective Aug. 6. Coyle, who the company said had previously stated his intention to retire, will stay on until January in a senior VP role.
A former Arthur Anderson accountant, Cochran spent 15 years at Denver-based WOW, guiding the company through a debt crisis several years ago as well as its initial public offering in 2016. He abruptly stepped aside in December 2016 with the appointment of Teresa Elder to the WOW CEO position. On his LinkedIn page, Cochran still describes himself as being on “self-imposed sabbatical.”
“I’m very pleased to welcome Steven to the Cable ONE team,” said Julie Laulis, Cable One president and CEO, in a statement. “His extensive financial, operational and strategic expertise in the cable industry will serve Cable One and our stakeholders well. This deep understanding of our holistic business and his competitive experience will allow him to play a key role in driving our long-term success.”
Cable One serves about 800,000 residential and business customers in 21 states.