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Thomas M. Rutledge is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Charter Communications, the second-largest cable company in the United States, with 94,000 employees and 26 million customers across 41 states.
Prior to becoming CEO of Charter in 2012, Mr. Rutledge, a 40-year veteran of the industry, served as Chief Operating Officer of Cablevision Systems. He began his career in 1977 at American Television and Communications (ATC), a predecessor of Time Warner Cable where he served in many different capacities, eventually becoming President of Time Warner Cable.
Mr. Rutledge is the current Chairman of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and serves on the boards of CableLabs and C-SPAN. In 2011, he received NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership, the cable industry’s highest honor, and is a member of the Cable Hall of Fame and the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.
He received a B.A. in economics from California University in California, Pennsylvania in 1977.Download Profile Image
John Bickham is President and Chief Operating Officer at Charter Communications. Mr. Bickham joined Charter as Executive Vice President and COO in 2012. Mr. Bickham’s operational expertise has helped Charter navigate substantial growth in recent years as the fastest growing cable company in the nation. He was named President in July 2016 when transactions with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks closed.
Mr. Bickham joined Charter from Cablevision Systems Corporation (currently part of Altice USA), where he served as President of Cable and Communications. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bickham was Executive Vice President for Time Warner Cable with corporate responsibility for several large markets. Mr. Bickham was a founding executive of KBLCOM in 1986, a cable company that partnered with American Television and Communications, a predecessor company of Time Warner Cable.
Mr. Bickham serves on the Cable Center Board and was honored with the industry’s Vanguard Award for Cable Operations Management in 2007.
He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Texas A&I, now known as Texas A&M-Kingsville.
David G. Ellen joined Charter Communications as Senior Executive Vice President in 2016. Mr. Ellen oversees several business and corporate functions including Programming, Spectrum Networks, Human Resources, Communications, Diversity, Security, regulatory policy support and compliance, and legal support for several of those areas.
Mr. Ellen joined Charter from Cablevision Systems Corporation (currently part of Altice USA), where he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Before Cablevision, Mr. Ellen served as Deputy General Counsel at IAC, the multi-brand media and internet company.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Ellen worked at the Federal Communications Commission and before that was a law clerk for now retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at the U.S. Supreme Court. He also clerked for Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg when they were each on the U.S. Court of Appeals.
He received a B.A. from Harvard College, a law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was President of the Harvard Law Review, and a master’s degree from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.Download Profile Image
Thomas E. Adams joined Charter Communications as Executive Vice President, Field Operations in 2012. Mr. Adams has national oversight of Field Operations for the company.
Mr. Adams joined Charter from Time Warner Cable, where he spent 17 years and served as Regional Vice President of Operations for Wisconsin and Regional Vice President of Operations for Eastern Carolina. Earlier in his career, Mr. Adams worked for NewChannels Corporation in various leadership roles including Vice President of New Business.
He received an associate degree in applied science, engineering from State University of New York at Delhi, and a B.S. in engineering from Florida International University.Download Profile Image
Michael Bair joined Charter Communications in 2016 as Executive Vice President, Spectrum Networks. Mr. Bair oversees Spectrum Networks, a series of 24/7 local news, and regional sports networks owned and operated by Charter.
Mr. Bair joined Charter from Bleachers Corp., where he served as Chief Executive Officer of the startup streaming media company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bair served as President of Madison Square Garden’s Media Group where he led the strategic, operational and financial performance of MSG Networks, Fuse Music TV, MSG Interactive, MSG Radio and all sponsorship and ad sales for the parent company.
Mr. Bair also previously served as President, Product Management and Marketing for the cable division at Cablevision Systems Corporation (currently part of Altice USA), where he was responsible for product strategy, programming, marketing and advertising, as well as brand management for the company’s video, voice and internet services. Mr. Bair also oversaw Cablevision/Rainbow’s national and regional sports networks and held executive positions at HBO, Showtime Networks and Ogilvy and Mather Advertising.
He received a B.A. in broadcast communications from Penn State University and was recently honored with the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.Download Profile Image
James Blackley joined Charter Communications as Executive Vice President, Engineering and Information Technology in 2012.
Mr. Blackley joined Charter from Cablevision Systems Corporation (currently part of Altice USA), where he served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Engineering and Technology.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Blackley designed software and systems with evolving development and technology for Royal Insurance, Depository Trust Company (now The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation), Long Island Lighting Company (now Long Island Power Authority), Con Edison, and American International Group Inc.Download Profile Image
Catherine C. Bohigian joined Charter Communications as Executive Vice President, Government Affairs in 2013. Ms. Bohigian oversees all aspects of Charter’s federal, state and local government affairs activities including local and state franchising. She is responsible for developing the company’s public policy positions and directing its legislative and regulatory strategies in Washington, D.C. and in the 41 states Charter serves.
Ms. Bohigian joined Charter from Cablevision Systems Corporation (currently part of Altice USA), where she opened its Washington office and served as Senior Vice President, Federal Affairs.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Bohigian served as Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Senior Advisor to the Chairman at the Federal Communications Commission. Before joining the FCC, she represented telecommunications clients as an attorney at Wiley Rein in Washington.
She received a B.A. from Duke University, and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.Download Profile Image
Rhonda Nesmith Crichlow joined Charter Communications as Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer in 2016. Ms. Crichlow is responsible for the overall strategic development and implementation of Charter’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Ms. Crichlow joined Charter from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, where she served as Vice President, Head of U.S. Diversity and Inclusion, and President of the Novartis U.S. Foundation.
Before Novartis, Ms. Crichlow consulted for the Office of the Monitor, established pursuant to the Consent Decree entered in the Pigford v. Glickman and Brewington v. Glickman litigations. They involved nationwide class actions brought by African-American farmers alleging racial discrimination in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s farm credit and non-credit benefit programs.
Earlier in her career Ms. Crichlow worked as a tax attorney representing corporate clients. She also served as a judicial law clerk for U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
She received a B.A. in psychology and sociology from George Washington University, a Masters of Public Policy from Duke University and Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School.Download Profile Image
Rich DiGeronimo is Executive Vice President, Product and Strategy at Charter Communications. Mr. DiGeronimo joined Charter in 2008 as Vice President of Product Management, and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Product and Strategy in 2011. He was appointed to his current position in January 2015, and leads Charter’s product strategy, design, development, intelligence and management teams, as well as the business development organization.
Mr. DiGeronimo joined Charter from Level 3 Communications, where he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Cable Markets Group. He also held leadership roles in product management and corporate finance over his eight years at Level 3. Mr. DiGeronimo started his career at Bear Stearns where he focused on technology investment banking.
Mr. DiGeronimo was named Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Rocky Mountain Mentor of the Year in 2015 and serves on the Sponsorship Committee of Adaptive Spirit.
He received a BBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
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Alex Dudley joined Charter Communications as Senior Vice President, Communications in 2013. Mr. Dudley leads the team responsible for internal and external communications, and corporate social responsibility.
Mr. Dudley joined Charter from Time Warner Cable, where he served as Group Vice President, Public Relations. He was responsible for the company’s interaction with national and trade media, and overall public relations strategy.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Dudley was a Senior Vice President at Dan Klores Communications, based in New York, where he worked on a diverse array of crisis and corporate accounts. Prior to joining the private sector, Mr. Dudley worked in New York State government, serving in a series of communications positions in the administration of former Governor George Pataki.
He received a B.S. in political science from Columbia University.Download Profile Image
Richard R. Dykhouse is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Charter Communications. Mr. Dykhouse joined Charter as Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary in 2006.
Mr. Dykhouse joined Charter from CNH Global, N.V. (now CNH Industrial), where he served as Senior Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Before CNH, he was an attorney for Conseco, Inc. (now CNO Financial Group, Inc.) for nearly 10 years, serving in the corporate law group, with his last position as Senior Vice President, Legal.
He received a B.S. in finance from Olivet Nazarene University, an MBA from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
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Jonathan Hargis joined Charter Communications as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in 2012. Mr. Hargis oversees the company’s sales and marketing strategy and decisions.
Mr. Hargis joined Charter from Cablevision Systems Corporation (currently part of Altice USA), where he most recently served as Executive Vice President, Marketing. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hargis served in various leadership roles at AT&T.
Mr. Hargis served on the board of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing Educational Foundation from April 2008 to March 2012 and chaired the board from September 2011 to March 2012.
He received a B.A. from Otterbein College and an MBA from Wright State University.Download Profile Image
David Kline is Executive Vice President at Charter Communications, and President of Spectrum Reach, the advertising sales division of Charter. Mr. Kline joined Charter in 2015 and provides strategic leadership to guide the company in the advanced TV advertising space.
Mr. Kline joined Charter from Ensequence, where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kline served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Cablevision Media Sales (now Altice Media Solutions) for more than 15 years. He oversaw the company’s advertising businesses and spearheaded many firsts for the cable industry.
He received a B.A. in a personalized study program focusing on business administration and management from Ohio State University.Download Profile Image
Paul Marchand joined Charter Communications as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer in 2015. Mr. Marchand is responsible for all human resources strategies, policies and practices for 94,000 employees. He oversees all aspects of HR including recruitment, training and development, HR operations including payroll, HR shared services and HR systems, as well as compensation and benefits.
Mr. Marchand joined Charter from PepsiCo, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the North America Beverages division. Earlier in his career he served in human resources roles at Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and the May Department Stores.
He received a B.A. in advertising from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University.Download Profile Image
Kathleen Mayo joined Charter Communications as Executive Vice President, Customer Operations in 2012 and has responsibility for Customer Service, Inbound Sales and Retention, Billing operations and Credit and Collections for residential and small-to-medium sized businesses. Ms. Mayo is leading the operational and support strategies that are transforming Charter’s customer service model, enabling improved and more effective interactions and communications.
Ms. Mayo previously served as Executive Vice President, Consumer Operations at Cablevision Systems Corporation (currently part of Altice USA) where she had responsibility for Customer and Field Operations.
She received a B.A. in sociology at West Chester University and an MBA in finance from Temple University.Download Profile Image
Philip G. Meeks joined Charter Communications as Executive Vice President and President of Spectrum Enterprise in 2016. Mr. Meeks oversees commercial operations, marketing, strategy and sales for Spectrum Enterprise, which provides enterprise-grade internet, networking, voice, commercial video and managed services to Charter’s largest customers.
Mr. Meeks joined Charter from Time Warner Cable at the completion of the company’s transactions with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Business Services at Time Warner Cable.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Meeks served as Senior Vice President of Cox Business, and in several leadership roles at MCI Telecommunications, including Senior Vice President of Sales Operations and Senior Vice President of Strategic Ventures and Alliances. He started his career at AT&T Information Systems/Southern Bell in 1979 and progressed through various sales and marketing leadership roles.
Mr. Meeks has completed executive education programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Virginia.
He received a B.A. in marketing and journalism from the University of Georgia.Download Profile Image
Tom Montemagno joined Charter Communications as Executive Vice President, Programming Acquisition in 2016. Mr. Montemagno leads Charter’s negotiations with a full range of content providers from major multichannel media companies and sports networks to local broadcasters. Those negotiations extend to all facets of programming offerings, including On Demand and streaming rights on multiple platforms.
Mr. Montemagno joined Charter from Cablevision Systems Corporation (currently part of Altice USA), where he most recently served as Executive Vice President of Programming. During his 27-year tenure at Cablevision, he held various leadership positions in the programming department including Senior Vice President of Programming Acquisition. He was Cablevision’s lead negotiator with content companies.
He received a B.S. in marketing from St. John’s University.Download Profile Image
James Nuzzo joined Charter as Executive Vice President, Business Planning on June 23, 2014.
Mr. Nuzzo was previously at Cablevision Systems Corporation from 1986 to December, 2013 most recently serving as Senior Executive Vice President, Operations and Business Planning.
Mr. Nuzzo received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hofstra University.Download Profile Image
Katherine Pope joined Charter Communications as Senior Vice President, Head of Original Content in 2018. Ms. Pope will oversee all original programming efforts, including the creation and launch of Charter’s upcoming slate of new shows available first on Spectrum platforms. This includes Charter’s original content partnerships with AMC and Viacom, and future partners.
Ms. Pope joined Charter from Studio 8 where she served as Head of TV and helped launch the company’s independent television division. Prior to Studio 8, she served as President of Television at Chernin Entertainment and oversaw all creative development and production for the Twentieth Century Fox-based production company. She has been an Executive Producer of many series, including Emmy and Golden Globe nominees.
Earlier in her career Ms. Pope spent 10 years at NBC/NBC Universal Television Studios where she served in a number of leadership roles including Executive Vice President of the Network and President of the Studio, where she helped develop several hit shows. She began her career in network news at CBS and ABC News, producing documentaries and specials.
She received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.Download Profile Image
Jane Rhodes joined Charter Communications as Group Vice President, Head of Corporate Security in 2016. Ms. Rhodes oversees physical security matters and manages Charter’s overall relationship with law enforcement. She also provides support to executive management on cybersecurity matters.
Ms. Rhodes joined Charter from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where she spent 20 years, and most recently served as Section Chief, Counterterrorism Division. As a senior executive with the FBI, she served in a number of leadership positions throughout the Bureau, where she led national programs dedicated to national security, criminal investigations and technology systems.
After retiring from the FBI in 2016, Ms. Rhodes worked as a consultant, lending her expertise in security, enterprise risk management, and media relations to private industry clients.
She received a B.A. in accounting from Western Michigan University.
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Scott Weber joined Charter Communications as Executive Vice President, Network Operations in 2012. Mr. Weber handles all network operations across the Charter footprint.
Mr. Weber joined Charter from Cablevision Systems Corporation (currently part of Altice USA) where he served as Executive Vice President, Engineering Network Management. Prior to Cablevision, Mr. Weber spent two decades at Comcast Corporation, leading technical operations, engineering operations and network management in various roles.
He is a member of Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and American Radio Relay League.Download Profile Image
Christopher L. Winfrey joined Charter Communications as Chief Financial Officer in 2010. Mr. Winfrey is responsible for Charter’s accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax and treasury functions, as well as mergers and acquisitions, capital structure activities and investor relations.
Mr. Winfrey joined Charter from Unitymedia GmbH, Germany’s second-largest cable operator, where he served as Chief Financial Officer, and separately as Managing Director for Unitymedia’s cable operations, broadcasting and satellite entities.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Winfrey served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance and Development at Cablecom, GmbH for three years. He was also Director of Financial Planning and Analysis of NTL Incorporated’s continental European operations, and a senior associate in the private equity group at Communications Equity Associates.
Mr. Winfrey has spent nearly 20 years in the cable industry, and in 2015 received The Internet & Television Association’s (NCTA) Vanguard Award for Young Leadership. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Greenwich Center for Hope and Renewal.
He received a B.S. in accounting and an MBA from the University of Florida.Download Profile Image