InvestorsApril 2, 2003
Charter Names Kip Simonson Vice President of Sales and Marketing
ST. LOUIS, Apr 2, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The appointment of Kip Simonson to Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Charter Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:CHTR) was announced today by Carl Vogel, President and Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity, Mr. Simonson will have overall responsibility for all areas of sales and marketing, including pricing, distribution, branding and bundling strategy, creative services, research and analysis, and all product management. He will report to Margaret A. "Maggie" Bellville, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
In making the announcement, Mr. Vogel said, "We continue to recruit top talent. Kip Simonson's success in creating and implementing marketing strategy related to bundling advanced video and data products will serve us well as he directs a company-wide sales and marketing strategy. I'm confident of the success he will achieve in leading our existing marketing team towards the goal of increasing performance and leadership in value messaging to our customers about our products and services. His professional experience, competitive mindset, and broadband knowledge are vital to our continued success."
Mr. Simonson was previously Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Cox Communications, Inc. in Orange County, California, where he was responsible for driving residential market penetration of traditional cable and advanced broadband services through strategic sales and marketing initiatives. Previous to his career at Cox, he directed all sales and marketing operations for the Southwest Region of Century Communications, Inc., in Santa Monica, California. Before he began his career in cable television, Mr. Simonson spent eight years with Airtouch (formerly Verizon) Cellular, ending his career there as Director of Sales for the Los Angeles area.
A graduate of Pacific Christian College in Fullerton, California with a B.S. in Business Management, Mr. Simonson's marketing and sales teams at Cox in Orange County were recipients of multiple CTAM Golden Palm Awards, a CTAM Mark Award, as well as numerous Cox Achievement Awards for Greatest Growth in basic, digital, data and telephone customers.
Mr. Vogel observed that Mr. Simonson's appointment is part of Charter's already announced changes to the Company's operating structure involving the recruitment of highly qualified individuals including Ms. Bellville, a former Executive Vice President of Operations for Atlanta-based Cox Communications, Inc., who has overall responsibility for all Charter field operations, as well as marketing, programming, advertising sales, and customer care; Sue Hamilton, formerly Vice President of Programming at AT&T Broadband, L.L.C., appointed Senior Vice President of Programming; Mike Haislip, formerly President of Armstrong Cable, named Senior Vice President of Operations for the Company's Great Lakes Division; Chuck McElroy, formerly Vice President and General Manager of Cox Business Services, a unit of Cox Communications, Inc., appointed Senior Vice President of Operations for its Southeast Division; and Lee Clayton, formerly Managing Director/Executive Vice President of United Pan-Europe Communications, nv (UPC), named Senior Vice President of Operations for Charter's Midwest Division; and the retainment of talented employees like Wayne Davis, recently promoted to Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technical Operations.
About Charter Communications
Charter Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:CHTR), a Wired World Company(TM), is the nation's third largest broadband communications company, providing a full range of advanced broadband services to the home, including cable television on an advanced digital video programming platform, marketed under the Charter Digital Cable(R) brand; and high-speed Internet access via Charter Pipeline(R). 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.
Statements in this press release regarding Charter Communications' business that are not historical facts may be "forward-looking statements." Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from any such forward-looking statements are identified in the reports and documents Charter files from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Charter Communications Inc., St. Louis
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