Cablevision hires Samsung, Sprint Nextel veteran Packingham

Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) has named former Samsung and Sprint Nextel executive Kevin Packingham to the position of executive VP of product management.

Packingham, 43, will report to Cablevision chief operating officer Kristin Dolan and he will be responsible for, according to the company announcement, "defining and driving the customer experience from conceptualization to strategy to execution for Cablevision's video, online, wireless and interactive products."

He will also work closely with the company's sales and marketing, operations, programming and engineering groups.

The veteran telecommunications and technology executive most recently served as chief product officer for Samsung Telecommunications America, where he managed the company's handset, tablet and wearable devices in the U.S. market. As FierceWireless editor Phil Goldstein noted in October, Packingham helped push Samsung to become the world's top smartphone maker by volume, drawing on his experience in the wireless industry to help negotiate the deals that got Samsung's flagship products broad support from all major U.S. carriers. 

Prior to joining Samsung, Packingham served as chief executive officer for secured managed services provider Amerilink Telecom Corp. He also spent more than a decade at Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S), working in a variety of executive roles.

"Kevin is a respected technology executive with a strong record of bringing leading-edge products and services to consumers," Kristin Dolan said. "His unique background makes him well suited to help drive innovation and growth by leading effective product strategy in a manner that best serves the needs of both customers and the organization."

For more:
- see this press release
- Multichannel News has this story

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