Former Comcast manager starts job at rival

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 1:17 PM
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Abu Khan has started his new job as general manager of Knology in Augusta.

The former vice president and general manager of Comcast in Augusta said he made the switch because he wanted to have more input and the ability to effect change in a local environment. He began his new job two weeks ago.

“Knology is a good company. Comcast is a good company as well. I just felt that I could make a little bit more of an impact with a smaller company than I could continue to do with a large company like Comcast,” he said. “My change is predicated on being able to input locally on what happens in Augusta.”

Khan will manage 88 employees at Knology. The company also has more than 300 employees in its Augusta call center, but they will not report to him.

Khan resigned from Comcast last month after working for the cable and Internet provider for more than 15 years. Previously, he worked for Jones Intercable Inc. in Augusta, a smaller company that was later purchased by Comcast.

Though he’s now working for the competition, Khan said he has gotten positive feedback from both sides.

“People are excited for me. They’re excited for Knology,” he said. “I’ve had a Knology customer that told me they’re excited to have me on board. Comcast customers are excited to see that I’ve made the change. My employees are happy for me. This is nothing against Comcast. It’s a personal choice on how I like to manage and the type of input I like to provide when I’m running a business.”

He said he is focused on Knology’s purchase of the Grovetown/Fort Gordon system from Cobridge Communications LLC. This year, Knology signed an agreement to buy Cobridge’s cable and broadband operations at Fort Gordon and in Troy, Ala., for $30 million.

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BamaMan
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BamaMan 12/14/11 - 01:37 pm
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Now if Knology would just

Now if Knology would just turn the corner past the stop sign and come down my street..........

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 12/14/11 - 01:37 pm
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Best of luck to a great guy!

Best of luck to a great guy! Go get'em Abu!

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 12/14/11 - 01:48 pm
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I don't get it. Nothing

I don't get it. Nothing against this guy, but why all the mentions in the paper? This is about the 2nd or 3rd article about a guy switching jobs here in Augusta...so what? Would the paper give the same attention to the manager at Macy's switching to become the manager of Kohl's?? C'mon. Or does it have more to do with this newspaper being the frequent sponsor along side of Comcast or Knology, thereby wanting to keep the advertising connection in place? Well, whatever the reason...here's hoping this guy can bring down the rates and increase the channels/service at Knology.

allhans
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allhans 12/14/11 - 01:51 pm
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It's news. It's local! It's

It's news. It's local!
It's good....

ChiefWanigas
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ChiefWanigas 12/14/11 - 02:24 pm
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how bout knology in west lake

how bout knology in west lake Abu?

nnaugusta
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nnaugusta 12/14/11 - 06:56 pm
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So this is the guy that

So this is the guy that ignored all my requests at Comcast?

jbartley
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jbartley 12/14/11 - 07:45 pm
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They have the best, with Abu.

They have the best, with Abu.

faithson
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faithson 12/14/11 - 08:50 pm
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having worked for years with

having worked for years with both companies, I hope Mr. Abu can bring a needed 'jolt' to knology. right now we suggest comcast over knology for our customers. Would love to 'like' knology better as it is a local.

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bdouglas 12/15/11 - 12:37 pm
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@grouse: That was my thought,

@grouse: That was my thought, too. I haven't followed the stories on this guy, but before I got to the part about "Khan resigned from Comcast last month..." I kept thinking he must've left a year or two ago since those are more common non-compete terms. Seems odd. Even a buddy of mine who worked in local radio just punching buttons on the board had one of a few months in his terms.

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my.voice 12/15/11 - 04:23 pm
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Abu is good, inside and out.

Abu is good, inside and out. Comcast lost a gem in him!

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