SEMI Keynote Speaker

Wed., April 10
8:30—10:00 am

Keynote Speaker SEMI
Kevin HartKevin T. Hart

Executive Vice President & CTO
Cox Communications

With introduction by Paul Connolly, Cisco Systems

As part of its efforts to more deeply embed conservation practices, Cox Communications has adopted strategies for reduced energy consumption and increased sustainability throughout the business. During the keynote address, Hart is expected to highlight the "Cox Conserves" program, but will also discuss other ways cable operators can change how their entire workforces, operations and outreach programs can reflect modern energy and sustainable thinking.

In his current role, Hart is responsible for the company’s Information Technology, Engineering, and Network Operations, leading over 2,000 employees and contractors reporting to the leader and President of Cox Communications. Since joining Cox in April of 2011, Kevin has set the Technology vision and led the transformation of the Technology and Network Operations organization, aligning the team with the business focusing on driving business value. 

A veteran of more than 25 years in the telecommunications and information technology industries, Hart joined Cox after having served as CIO of Clearwire, where he led the transformation of the IT organization during nationwide deployment of the company’s 4G wireless broadband service. Previously, as CIO of Level 3 Communications, Hart implemented initiatives that streamlined legacy processes and aligned objectives across Level 3 and eight acquisitions. Hart began his professional career with SBC Communications; he later served as director of Strategic Planning for International Paper as well as in a variety of roles–including vice president of the Telecom, Media, Entertainment and global OSS practice–with Capgemini Consulting.

The 2013 keynote speaker is sponsored by   Cisco

Keynote Interview
Following his keynote address, Hart will engage in a candid discussion with Joel Babbit, a leading figure in raising awareness of environmentally responsible strategies. Babbit and Hart will discuss case studies of energy management strategies that have successfully been employed by some of the nation's leading companies.

Joel BabbitJoel Babbit
Mother Nature Network

Joel Babbit is the CEO of Mother Nature Network (MNN)–the world’s most visited environmental and social responsibility online network.  Launched in 2009 by Babbit and Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, MNN’s equity partners include CNN and Discovery Communications. Its sites–which include and–attract more than seven million visits a month from 200 different countries. It has been labeled "The New Green CNN" by Time, "The USA Today of Sustainability" by Fast Company, and "Green Machine" by Associated Press; selected "Best Green Idea" at Fortune Magazine’s Green Summit; and chosen as a "Top Pick" by Newsweek

Prior to launching Mother Nature Network, Babbit spent over 20 years in the advertising and public relations industry. He co-founded and served as CEO of Babbit and Reiman Advertising (acquired by Gold Greenlees Trott) and 360 (acquired by WPP’s Grey Global Group). His prior experience also includes serving as President of WPP’s GCI, which was one of the world’s ten largest public relations firms, and heading the New York office of legendary advertising agency Chiat-Day. His clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, Home Depot, RJR Nabisco, Dell, UPS, Holiday Inns, USA Today, and General Motors.

Following Atlanta’s selection as host city for the 1996 Summer Olympics, Babbit took a leave of absence from the private sector and was appointed the City’s first Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. He also served as a member of the mayor's Cabinet during this historic period.

He has been active in many civic and charitable organizations including Young Presidents Organization, The CDC Foundation, The Anti-Defamation League, The Atlanta History Center, and SafeAmerica and serves as a Director of Primerica (NYSE; PRI), The National Health Museum, and Definition 6.