The day that Dexter Goei took cost at Cablevision, it was
a giant deal for the 16,000 individuals who labored for the enduring New York cable
tv firm. A lot of them had labored a very long time for the highly effective
Charles Dolan who based the cable tv firm within the 1960s. So Goei
says it was an “emotional” day when he modified the identify of the corporate to Altice
USA. 

“I believe they have been anxious and there was plenty of
nervousness,” remembers Goei. “A lot of anxiety.”

A part of that nervousness was as a result of these Cablevision workers didn’t know a lot in regards to the new proprietor.  Altice USA traces its roots to Europe. Its authentic Netherlands primarily based guardian, Altice NV bought Cablevision in 2016 after which spun off the U.S. operations, creating Altice USA. And Goei was tapped as its first CEO.

One take a look at Goei and it was clear to everybody that he was going to be a really completely different sort of chief than the conservative and commanding model of Charles Dolan. Though he labored for years as a banker at Morgan Stanley, the 48-year-old Goei appears to be like and acts extra like a Silicon Valley entrepreneur than a telecom business chief. He wears denims and sneakers to work, eats within the firm cafeteria, goes out within the area with cable installers and listens in on calls from prospects.  

“I think people were like ‘wow’,” says Goei. “However I believe it
caught on in a short time.”

His multi-cultural background was additionally uncommon. However Goei’s private story is influencing a recent mind-set about variety at Altice.  Born in Germany, Goei grew up in Paris, France together with his Chinese language mother and father and discovered to talk a number of languages, however he got here to the U.S. to check at Georgetown College.  

“In case you grew up in a single spot with the identical influences as
everybody in your neighborhood, you assume like that neighborhood does,” Goei
says. “You want to have the ability to react to somebody in California from a Hispanic
descent to somebody within the Bronx of African-American descent.  In case you’re not various within the individuals which can be managing,
making these choices, how are you supposed to have the ability to cater to your
prospects?”

Not solely has Goei had a dramatic influence on the corporate’s tradition he has additionally made some daring strikes to increase Altice into new companies.  The Lengthy Island-based cable tv and web supplier, not too long ago launched a brand new cell phone service known as Altice Cellular and due to a number of acquisitions Altice USA additionally presents worldwide tv information programming. One signal that Goei’s management is paying off: Altice USA has joined the Fortune 500 listing of the most important corporations in America, for the primary time ever.

Watch the video above for extra from my interview with Goei.

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