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Board of Directors
Thomas M. Rutledge was appointed as a director and President and Chief Executive Officer of Charter effective on February 13, 2012 and as Chairman of the Board on May 18, 2016 upon the closing of the transactions with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.
Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Rutledge served as Chief Operating Officer of Cablevision from April 2004 until December 2011. A 38-year cable industry veteran, Mr. Rutledge previously served as president of Time Warner Cable. He began his career in 1977 at American Television and Communications (ATC), a predecessor company of Time Warner Cable.
Mr. Rutledge is the 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. He is a member of the Cable Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2011.
Mr. Rutledge received a B.A. in economics from California University in California, Pennsylvania in 1977.
John Bickham was named President of Charter in July 2016 and joined the company as Chief Operating Officer on April 30, 2012.
A 26-year veteran of the cable industry, Mr. Bickham previously served as President of Cable and Communications for Cablevision. Prior to joining Cablevision in 2004, Mr. Bickham was Executive Vice President for Time Warner Cable with corporate responsibility for a number of large markets. In 1986, Mr. Bickham was a founding executive of KBLCOM, a cable company that partnered with American Television and Communications (ATC), a predecessor company of Time Warner Cable. His tenure with KBLCOM ended in 1995 as President and Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Bickham serves on the Cable Center Board and was honored with the industry’s Vanguard Award for Cable Operations Management in 2007.
Mr. Bickham received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.
David Ellen was named Senior Executive Vice President of Charter Communications in July 2016. In this position, Ellen oversees several business and corporate functions including Programming, Spectrum Networks, Human Resources, Communications and Security, as well as legal support for Programming, Product and regulatory policy and compliance.
Ellen joins Charter from Cablevision, where he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel until June 2016. Before Cablevision, he served as Deputy General Counsel at IAC, the multi-brand media and Internet company.
Earlier in his career, Ellen worked at the FCC and before that was a law clerk for Justices Breyer and Ginsburg when they were each on the U.S. Court of Appeals and for Justice O’Connor at the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was President of the Harvard Law Review, was a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University and has a B.A. from Harvard University.Download Profile Image
Tom Adams joined Charter as Executive Vice President, Field Operations, on October 1, 2012.
Before joining Charter, Mr. Adams served as Regional Vice President of Operations for Wisconsin at Time Warner Cable from 2009 to 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Adams served as Regional Vice President of Operations for Eastern Carolina from 2007 to 2009 and Division President for Raleigh, North Carolina from 2002 to 2007 at Time Warner Cable.
Mr. Adams received an associate’s degree in Applied Science, Engineering from Delhi Agriculture and Technical College and a B.S degree in Engineering from Florida International University.Download Profile Image
Michael Bair was named Executive Vice President, Spectrum Networks in July 2016. In this position, Mr. Bair oversees all of Charter’s Local and Regional Sports, News and Community Television Networks.
Before joining Charter, Mr. Bair served as CEO of Bleachers, a live video streaming company. Prior to that, he was President of MSG Media, where he was responsible for all of Madison Square Garden’s sports and entertainment networks, digital properties and sponsorship sales for the teams and venues. In this position, he won over 100 Emmy Awards.
Prior to joining MSG in 2004, Mr. Bair held a variety of leadership positions at Cablevision Systems and was the Executive Vice President overseeing Rainbow Media’s eight regional and two national sports networks. Before that, he held executive positions at HBO and Showtime Networks.
Mr. Bair received a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communications from Penn State University, where he was recently honored with the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.Download Profile Image
James Blackley joined Charter as Executive Vice President, Engineering and Information Technology on October 15, 2012.
Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Blackley served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Engineering and Technology for Cablevision where he was employed from 1996 to 2012. Prior to Cablevision, Mr. Blackley designed software and systems with evolving development and technology with Royal Insurance, Depository Trust Company, Long Island Lighting Company, Con Edison and American International Group.Download Profile Image
Catherine Bohigian joined Charter as Executive Vice President, Government Affairs on July 8, 2013.
Prior to joining Charter, Ms. Bohigian served as Senior Vice President, Federal Affairs for Cablevision, where she was employed from September 2008 through June 2013. Prior to Cablevision from September 2001 to September 2008, Ms. Bohigian worked for the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) in various capacities, including Senior Advisor to then-Chairman of the FCC, Kevin Martin.
Ms. Bohigian received a B.A.from Duke University and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.Download Profile Image
Rhonda Crichlow was named Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer in September 2016. In this newly created position, Crichlow is responsible for the overall strategic development and implementation of Charter’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Crichlow joins Charter after 10 years with the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation where she most recently served as Vice President, Head of US Diversity and Inclusion, and President of the Novartis US Foundation. Under her leadership, DiversityInc recognized Novartis as the leading company for Diversity and Inclusion in 2014 and 2015.
Prior to joining Novartis, 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, which involved nationwide class actions brought by African-American farmers alleging racial discrimination in the US Department of Agriculture’s farm credit and non-credit benefit programs. Prior to this, she worked as a tax attorney representing corporate clients with respect to federal tax controversy, litigation and business planning matters. Crichlow also served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ronald L. Buckwalter in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
She received an undergraduate degree from George Washington University, a Masters of Public Policy from Duke University and a J.D.degree from the University of Virginia Law School.
Mr. DiGeronimo was appointed to his current position in January 2015 having previously been Senior Vice President, Product and Strategy since March 2011 and Vice President, Product Management when he joined Charter in 2008.
He joined Charter from Level 3 Communications where he served in multiple leadership roles over eight years. Mr. DiGeronimo started his career at Bear Stearns focusing on technology investment banking.
Mr. DiGeronimo received a B.B.A. from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan where he graduated with high distinction.Download Profile Image
Alex Dudley joined Charter Communications in March, 2013 as the Senior Vice President, Communications. He leads the team responsible for the company’s internal and external communications, media relations and corporate social responsibility.
Prior to that, he served as Group Vice President, Public Relations at Time Warner Cable, where he was responsible for the company’s interaction with national and trade media, and overall public relations strategy.
Prior to working at Time Warner Cable, Dudley was a Senior Vice President at Dan Klores Communications in New York, where he worked on a diverse array of crisis and corporate accounts.
Dudley began his career in New York State government, holding a series of communications positions in the administration of former Governor George Pataki. He is a graduate of Columbia University.Download Profile Image
Richard R. Dykhouse was promoted to his current position in February 2013, having previously been Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Charter since 2011.
He joined Charter in 2006, serving as Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, and became Corporate Secretary in 2009. Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Dykhouse was Senior Counsel and Assistant Secretary for CNH Global, N.V., from 2004 to 2006. From 1994 to 2003, he was an attorney for Conseco, Inc., serving in the corporate law group, with his last position as Senior Vice President, Legal.
Mr. Dykhouse received a B.S. in Business Administration – Finance from Olivet Nazarene University, a MBA from Indiana University and a J.D. degree from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis.Download Profile Image
Jonathan Hargis joined Charter as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer on April 9, 2012.
Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Hargis was with Cablevision from December 2000 through March 2012, most recently serving as Executive Vice President, Marketing. Prior to Cablevision, Mr. Hargis served in various leadership roles at AT&T.
Mr. Hargis has previously served on the board of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) from April 2008 to March 2012 and chaired the CTAM board from September 2011 to March 2012.
Mr. Hargis received a B.A. from Otterbein University and a MBA from Wright State University.Download Profile Image
David Kline joined Charter in October 2015 as Executive Vice President, President of Media Sales.
Before joining Charter, Mr. Kline served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Visible World. Prior to that position he was Chief Operating Officer of Ensequence. Mr. Kline also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Cablevision Media Sales for more than 15 years, overseeing the company’s advertising businesses.
Mr. Kline holds a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.Download Profile Image
Paul Marchand is Charter’s Executive Vice President, Human Resources.
Prior to joining Charter in October 2015, Mr. Marchand spent nearly 12 years with PepsiCo, most recently as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the North America beverage’s field and supply chain organization. He previously served in human resources roles at Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan and the May Department Stores Company.
Mr. Marchand holds a master’s degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing from Syracuse University.Download Profile Image
Kathleen Mayo joined Charter as Executive Vice President, Customer Operations on September 17, 2012.
Prior to joining Charter, Ms. Mayo was with Cablevision for 15 years, most recently serving as Executive Vice President, Consumer Operations.
Ms. Mayo earned a B.A. at West Chester University and a MBA at Temple University.Download Profile Image
Philip G. Meeks is Executive Vice President and President of Spectrum Business Enterprise at Charter Communications. In his role, Mr. Meeks oversees all commercial operations, marketing and strategy and sales for Spectrum Business Enterprise, which provides enterprise-grade Internet, networking, voice, commercial video and managed services to Charter’s largest customers.
He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Business Services at Time Warner Cable, where he led the rapidly growing business services unit, serving over 650,000 business customers and accounting for over $3 billion in annualized revenue.
Prior to that, Mr. Meeks served as Senior Vice President of Cox Business, where he led 3,500 employees in making it the fastest growing business unit in the enterprise. Mr. Meeks served in various strategy, sales and marketing leadership roles during 20 years of service at MCI Telecommunications. He started his career at AT&T Information Systems/Southern Bell in 1979.
Mr. Meeks is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Journalism. He also completed executive education programs at both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Virginia.Download Profile Image
Tom Montemagno joined Charter as Executive Vice President, Programming Acquisition on September 6, 2016. He will oversee the negotiations with Charter’s full range of content providers from the major multichannel media companies and regional sports networks to local broadcasters and niche international programmers.
Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Montemagno served as Executive Vice President of Programming for Cablevision Systems Corporation. During his 27-year tenure at Cablevision, he was in various leadership positions in the programming department including Senior Vice President of Programming Acquisition and was Cablevision’s lead negotiator with content companies.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
Jane Rhodes-Wolfe was named Group Vice President, Head of Corporate Security in October 2016. In this role, Rhodes-Wolfe oversees physical security matters and manages Charter’s overall relationship with law enforcement. She also provides certain areas of support to executive management on cybersecurity matters.
Rhodes-Wolfe spent 20 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where she 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.
Since retiring from the FBI in 2016 and prior to joining Charter, Rhodes-Wolfe worked as a consultant, lending her expertise in security, enterprise risk management and media relations to private and government clients.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Western Michigan University.
Scott Weber joined Charter as Executive Vice President, Network Operations on June 18, 2012.
Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Weber served as Executive Vice President, Network Management for Cablevision from January 2007 through January 2012. From 1986 through January 2007, Mr. Weber led technical operations, engineering operations and network management in various roles at Comcast Corporation.Download Profile Image
Christopher L. Winfrey joined Charter as Chief Financial Officer on November 1, 2010.
Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Winfrey served as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of Unitymedia GmbH from March 2006 through October 2010. Mr. Winfrey was also appointed Managing Director of Unitymedia Management GmbH, Unitymedia Hessen Verwaltung GmbH and Unitymedia NRW GmbH in March 2006 and Arena Sport Rechte und Marketing GmbH in April 2008.
From December 2002 through December 2005, Mr. Winfrey served as Senior Vice President–Corporate Finance and Development at Cablecom, GmbH. Mr. Winfrey was previously Director of Financial Planning and Analysis of NTL’s continental European operations and a Senior Associate in the private equity group at Communications Equity Associates.
Mr. Winfrey received a B.S. in accounting and a MBA, both from the University of Florida.Download Profile Image