PHOENIX--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Cable One, Inc. (NYSE: CABO) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Julie Laulis, President and Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Tom Might as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2017. Might, who has been Chief Executive Officer of Cable ONE since 1994 and Chairman of the Board since 2015, will continue to serve as Executive Chairman. Laulis also was elected as a Director of the Company effective at the time of her appointment as Chief Executive Officer, and she will retain her current title as President of Cable ONE.
“I am proud after nearly 24 years as CEO to pass that baton to Julie, whose leadership, vision, energy and commitment to Cable ONE, our associates and our customers make her the natural choice to successfully take on this new role.”
“Building this company over several decades with Julie and other members of our executive team has been the thrill of my career, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with all of the dedicated and hard-working associates at Cable ONE. I look forward to continuing to serve Cable ONE in the role of Executive Chairman, where I will focus more fully on strategy and business development, while continuing to lead our distinguished Board,” said Might. “I am proud after nearly 24 years as CEO to pass that baton to Julie, whose leadership, vision, energy and commitment to Cable ONE, our associates and our customers make her the natural choice to successfully take on this new role.”
Tom Gayner, Lead Independent Director of the Board, commented, “The Board is very pleased to have such a capable, experienced and talented successor like Julie ready to lead Cable ONE, providing a seamless transition as the company executes its unique strategy to drive growth for the benefit of our investors, associates and customers.”
In her role as President and Chief Operating Officer since January 2015, Laulis has overseen the Company’s day-to-day operations, as well as providing leadership for sales, marketing and technology. Laulis joined Cable ONE in 1999. Throughout her career, Laulis has served in leadership positions for a variety of industry and community organizations and has been the recipient of multiple industry awards. Cablefax Magazine has named Laulis one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable for the past seven years running, she received the American Cable Association Individual Leadership Award in 2014, and she was inducted into the Southwest Cable Communications Association’s Pioneer Hall of Fame in 2016.
“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to lead Cable ONE into the future,” said Laulis. “Throughout my career here, I have marveled at the skill and devotion of our associates and at Tom’s achievements in guiding Cable ONE to become the terrific company it is today. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Tom in his new role as well as with our accomplished Board and management team as we build upon the success of our strategic shift to being a residential HSD and business services-centric focused company.”
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About Cable ONE
Cable One, Inc. (NYSE: CABO) is among the 10 largest cable companies in the United States. Serving more than 650,000 customers in 19 states with high-speed Internet, cable television and telephone service, Cable ONE provides consumers with a wide range of the latest products and services, including wireless Internet service, high-definition programming and phone service with free, unlimited long-distance calling in the continental U.S.
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