Just days after announcing his resignation as COO at Cablevision, Tom Rutledge has been named president and CEO of Charter Communications. Rutledge joins Charter immediately and will become the president and CEO effective Feb. 13. He will also become a member of Charter's board of directors at that time.
Rutledge, 58, served as Cablevision Systems' COO from April 2004 until December 2011. A 34-year cable industry veteran, 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. Rutledge currently serves on the board of the NCTA and served as chairman of the NCTA from 2008-2010.
At Charter, Rutledge will succeed Michael J. Lovett, who announced in October his plan to step down as president and CEO. Lovett will remain in his current capacity until Feb. 12 to assist Rutledge in the transition to the new role.
Rutledge currently serves on the boards of CableLabs, C-SPAN and the CTAM Educational Foundation. In 2011, he received NCTA's Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership. He is a member of the Cable Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2011.