Sam Attisha of Cox Communications. File photo

Long-time Cox Communications executive and former chamber board chair Sam Attisha will head nationwide field operations for the cable and broadband company.

Atlanta-based Cox announced Monday that Attisha will become a senior vice president and oversee operations in 18 states from a base in San Diego.

In his 14 years with Cox, Attisha has held various leadership roles in operations, business development and public affairs, including six years as senior vice president and region manager for California.

“Sam’s region manager experience leading cross-functional teams in California’s highly competitive marketplace has readied him to lead our field operations teams nationally,” said Len Barlik, executive vice president and chief operations officer.

“He is passionate about ensuring our customers have a superior experience with our company, from the initial service order and install to interacting with our employees and working closely with diverse local leaders to build stronger communities,” Barlik added.

“I’ve been fortunate to work for a company like Cox that is so committed to its customers, its employees and communities,” said Attisha, adding that he is “looking forward to taking on this new role as our company continues its $10 billion investment project to enhance our network in neighborhoods across the country.”

Attisha emigrated from Iraq to the United States when he was three years old and grew up in El Cajon. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of San Diego and an MBA from Cal State Sacramento.

He is a former board chair for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. He also chairs the California Cable & Telecommunications Association.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.