Robert Quigley to retire, will remain with company through end of
New CMO to build upon foundation of data-driven marketing targeting growth of The Charter Bundle(TM)
ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 19, 2008--Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) announced today that it has named Ted Schremp as the Company's Chief Marketing Officer, effective July 1, replacing Robert Quigley, who is retiring. Mr. Quigley will remain with Charter through the end of the year in an advisory role.
"I look forward to stepping into this important position at Charter," said Mr. Schremp, who most recently served as the Company's Senior Vice President of Product Management and Strategy. "Bob has developed a solid strategy targeting continued growth, and I look forward to assuming leadership for this key area of the business."
Mr. Schremp joined Charter in May 2005 and served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Charter Telephone(R), where he directed the successful nationwide rollout of the Company's residential and commercial telephone service.
Mr. Quigley joined Charter in December 2005 to direct the Company's marketing efforts. During the past two years, Mr. Quigley implemented disciplined, data-driven marketing programs and oversaw the development of a marketing database, which together enable Charter to measure the effectiveness of the Company's marketing activities.
"I couldn't resist the opportunity to come out of retirement at a time when a new management team was turning around a company of this magnitude. I'm very proud of what the marketing team has accomplished," said Mr. Quigley. "We've built a solid foundation for marketing excellence, and I'm confident Ted will take it to the next level." Mr. Quigley will remain with Charter through December 2008 on a part time basis to assist in the transition and consult on various marketing-related matters.
Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Schremp was employed by Hewlett Packard, where he co-founded its Cable, Media and Entertainment organization. Mr. Schremp graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a double-major in economics and business, and earned an MBA from Penn State University.
About Charter Communications
Charter Communications, Inc. is a leading broadband communications company and the third-largest publicly traded cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter Digital Cable(R) video entertainment programming, Charter High-Speed(R) Internet access, and Charter Telephone(R). Charter Business(TM) similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, video and music entertainment services, and business telephone. Charter's 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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