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Jim Robbins, Cox Communications CEO, Retires
by Smokey 12:18AM Wednesday Dec 21 2005
Cox Communications' Jim Robbins, who Forbes named as one of the Most Powerful People in Business in 2000 and 2001, is retiring from the company he has led for the past two decades. Under his leadership, Cox has quadrupled in size.

After leading Cox Communications, the nation's third-largest multiple sytem operator, as its president and CEO since 1985, Mr. Robbins is taking leave of Cox-and Atlanta, where the company is headquartered-and will split his time between Boston and Jupiter, Fla. He intends to do more reading, play more golf and serve on several corporate and charity boards. He also threatens to get our two Lucys together on Cape Cod, where I live, and he has a place nearby.

The 63-year-old Mr. Robbins says he doesn't want to "smother the next generation" with his ongoing presence. The bench strength he leaves behind is considerable. Succeeding him are Patrick Esser, who steps up to president of Cox Communications, and Jimmy Hayes, who was promoted to executive VP of parent company Cox Enterprises. Mr. Esser, who has served in various roles at Cox for the past 26 years, will report to Mr. Hayes, a 25-year veteran with Cox.
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