InvestorsMarch 16, 2005
Charter Announces Management Changes
ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 16, 2005--Charter Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:CHTR) today announced increased responsibilities for Wayne Davis, Chief Technical Officer; the engagement of Steven Sjoblad, a 30 year corporate strategy and marketing veteran, to serve as a consultant for Charter's marketing department; and the resignation of Thomas Cullen, Executive Vice President of Advanced Services and Business Development.
Mr. Davis's additional duties are for Charter's Information Technology Department, comprised of four groups responsible for all information technology needs, including Development, Operation Management Systems (OMS), Infrastructure and Advanced Services, which provides application, infrastructure, network, enterprise system, data, and web support.
With more than more than 25 years experience in cable engineering, technical operations, and operations management, Mr. Davis joined Charter in August 2002 as a member of the Company's Management Services Group. Since then he has served in various senior engineering roles, advancing to his current position as Chief Technical Officer in June 2004. Mr. Davis will maintain his current responsibilities for network engineering and technology strategy related to data, voice and video, together with technical operations, purchasing and the deployment of new technology.
"I thank Wayne for stepping up to these additional responsibilities. I have every confidence that his leadership abilities will allow him to achieve the same level of success with our Information Technology Department as he achieved in Engineering," Robert P. May, Charter Interim President and CEO, said.
Mr. Sjoblad was an original member of Fallon Worldwide, one of the world's preeminent creative advertising agencies, and served as its president for eight years. While at Fallon, Mr. Sjoblad guided global strategy and marketing programs in virtually every consumer and business-to-business category working for such industry leaders as Coca-Cola, FedEx, The Lee Apparel Company, Northwest Airlines, Ralston Purina, Nikon, Philips/Magnavox, The National Basketball Association, The Washington Post, and Black & Decker.
Most recently, Mr. Sjoblad was with Fair Isaac Corporation (NYSE:FIC), a creative analytics firm, where he instituted and ran their Global Consumer Services business, renovated their Marketing Services business into a Precision Marketing offering, and served as Fair Isaac's Chief Marketing Officer. Additionally, Mr. Sjoblad currently serves on the Boards of Schwan's Foods, an international food concern, and Intertox, a neurotoxicology company.
"With his extensive background in corporate strategy and consumer marketing, Steve Sjoblad is a strong addition to the Charter team," said Mr. May. "I'm confident of Steve's ability to execute against this year's business plan with a new perspective, new tools, and new thoughts, together with a very capable incumbent team of Charter marketing and sales professionals."
Charter said it has engaged the services of an executive search firm to fill a Chief Marketing Officer position.
As noted earlier, Charter announced that Thomas Cullen, Executive Vice President of Advanced Services and Business Development, has resigned for personal reasons. To provide for an orderly transition of his duties, Mr. Cullen will stay until April 30, 2005, or shorter if mutually agreed upon.
"We appreciate Tom's service to Charter, and his contributions in developing strategic priorities and accelerating the deployment of new media and broadband services, including the expansion of our telephony offerings," Mr. May said. "As part of our efforts to differentiate Charter from our competitors and drive growth, we will continue our focused deployment of advanced broadband products and services."
About Charter Communications
Charter Communications, Inc., a broadband communications company, provides a full range of advanced broadband services to the home, including cable television on an advanced digital video programming platform via Charter Digital(TM), Charter High-Speed(TM) Internet service and Charter Telephone(TM). Charter also provides business-to-business video, data and Internet protocol (IP) solutions through Charter Business(TM). Advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media(R) brand. More information about Charter can be found at www.charter.com.
Charter Communications Inc., St. Louis
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