Cox Communications names manager for area that includes Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette _lowres

Anthony Pope, Cox Communications

Cox Communications has named a manager for the region that includes Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette.

Cox said Anthony Pope will take the reins as senior vice president and Southeast region manager effective Monday. He will be based in Baton Rouge.

In addition to the three Louisiana markets, Pope will oversee operations in Gainesville and Pensacola, Florida, and Macon, Georgia. Cox has 1,900 employees in the six markets.

Pope was with Charter Communications, where he served as vice president and general manager for properties in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, markets with about 520,000 television, Internet and telephone customers and 1,100 employees.

Pope has leadership experience in operations, sales and marketing, customer service and employee development through a 20-year cable industry career, 14 of them with Charter Communications.

Pope’s appointment at Cox follows last year’s retirement of company veteran Jacqui Vines. “With his tremendous leadership abilities, I am confident that Anthony will ensure that Cox’s Southeast region continues to invest in growth and innovation, while delivering a great customer experience,” said Paul Cronin, senior vice president of customer experience for Cox. “Anthony is a dynamic people leader who I know will be embraced by our Southeast region employees, customers and communities.”

Under Pope’s direction, Cox will continue the roll-out of Gigabit Internet speeds across the area. G1GABLAST offers speeds 100 times faster than the average Internet speed in homes today. He will also oversee deployment of a new and enhanced TV experience for customers, including a voice-controlled remote.

Pope earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Alcorn State University.