2016 Honorees


Pat Esser

Pat Esser

President, Cox Communications, Inc.

Patrick (Pat) Esser started his career in the cable industry more than 30 years ago climbing telephone poles and selling cable door to door. Today, as president of Cox Communications, a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company, he has helped to shepherd both the company and industry through unprecedented opportunity and change. Cox is known for its broadband leadership and pioneering efforts in commercial services; customer care; cable telephone and creating outstanding workplaces. That pioneering spirit continues today with Pat and his leadership team’s commitment to industry-leading Gigabit broadband, smart home services and programmatic advertising.

Pat is always building for the future and looking to secure the next growth opportunity in areas such as expanded business telecom services, digital entertainment and healthcare. Among Pat’s proudest accomplishments are his hands-on work at Cox and throughout the industry to create more diversified and inclusive work environments and to use the company’s powerful broadband infrastructure to help close the digital divide among low income children. Cox’s work in these areas has been singled out by Women in Cable Telecommunications, Diversity Inc, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and President Obama. Pat has earned numerous recognitions including the industry highest accolade, the Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership given by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.