Bill Geppert, left, and David Bialis spend some time in Cox’s Communications Center. Bialis succeeds Geppert as Cox’s top San Diego executive March 1.

Bill Geppert, left, and David Bialis spend some time in Cox’s Communications Center. Bialis succeeds Geppert as Cox’s top San Diego executive March 1.

COX COMMUNICATIONS INC.

President and CEO: Pat Esser.

Revenue: $9.0 billion in 2009; $8.7 billion

in 2008.

No. of local employees: 2,000.

Investors: Cox Communications is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc., a privately held, $15 billion company with interests in print media and Internet businesses. Properties include AutoTrader.com Inc., Internet directory Kudzu.com, and Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Inc., which distributes coupons in the mail.

Headquarters: Atlanta.

Year founded: 1964, as Cox Broadcast Corp.

Company description: Cable television, Internet and telephone service provider.

Cable television executive Bill Geppert got a glimpse of the future, way back in the early 1980s...

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