GREENVILLE, S.C., Jun 24, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The appointment of the team to lead the Southeast Division of Charter Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) was announced today by Chuck McElroy, Senior Vice President of Operations, Southeast Division. Richard Bell, Vice President of Finance, Powell Bedgood, Vice President of Engineering, Robert Carter, Vice President of Charter Business Networks, Alan Clairmont, Vice President of Marketing, Michael Kelley, Vice President of Advertising Sales, Michele Parks, Vice President of Human Resources and Tracy Pitcher, Vice President of Customer Care will provide guidance and support for the division, which consists of Charter systems in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
"I'm excited for this first-class team that we've assembled to lead the largest of Charter's five divisions," Mr. McElroy said. "Each professional brings not only a great deal of experience, but also enthusiasm and creativity to our group. With their leadership, I'm sure Charter will be able to fulfill our commitment to provide our customers with a choice of quality products backed by strong customer service."
Mr. Bell joins Charter from Cox Communications where he was Director of Business Operations for Cox Business Services. Prior to that, he served as Director of Business Operations for Urban Media Communications. Mr. Bell was also the Senior Manager of Financial Operations for Sprint Corporation.
Mr. Bedgood moves to the Southeast Division from Charter's corporate office where he served as Vice President of Digital Services. Prior to joining Charter, he served in similar roles at Marcus Cable and Crown Cable.
Mr. Carter joins Charter from Cox Communications where he was Vice President and General Manager for Cox Business Services in Arizona. Prior to that, he served as the director of Operations for Fairchild Communications. Mr. Carter has also worked AT&T and Southwestern Bell, in addition to founding his own company that specialized in the installation and maintenance of secondary market PBX equipment.
Mr. Clairmont comes to Charter from AT&T Broadband where he was Vice President of Marketing and Sales in the Pittsburgh area. He has 19 years of experience in the cable industry having held marketing and sales positions at Viacom Cable and Marcus Communications.
Mr. Kelley has been with Charter since 1999 as Director of Advertising for the Mid-South Region. A seventeen-year veteran of the cable industry, he worked for Rifkin and Associates and TCI before joining Charter.
Ms. Parks most recently served as the Director of Human Resources for Charter's Georgia Operations. Prior to joining Charter in 2001, Ms. Parks spent two years with the Walt Disney Company where she was part of a team that implemented service standards at Walt Disney World. She also served as Director of Human Resources and Training for two restaurant chains.
Ms. Pitcher joined Charter in 2001 as Director of Customer Care in the company's Northeast Region. She moved to the Southeast Region in July 2002 and led the local team which opened Charter's contact center in Greenville County, S.C. Prior to joining Charter, Ms. Pitcher worked in customer care at other broadband service providers including AT&T Broadband, Comcast and Time Warner.
About Charter Communications
Charter Communications, A Wired World Company(TM), is the nation's third-largest broadband communications company. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services to the home, including cable television on an advanced digital video programming platform via Charter Digital Cable(R) brand and high-speed Internet access marketed under the Charter Pipeline(R) brand. Commercial high-speed data, video and Internet solutions are provided under the Charter Business Networks(R) brand. Advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media(R) brand. More information about Charter can be found at www.charter.com.
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