Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) on May 8 announced that mobile industry veteran David Owens has been named to the role of Senior Vice President, Mobile Product. Per a press release, in the position, Owens will be responsible for handling Charter’s Spectrum Mobile product, including developing and executing the company’s mobile product strategy, product management, overseeing supplier relationships and developing new partnerships.
Owens has over 30 years of experience in the communications industry. He joins Charter from Harman International, where he was a senior vice president overseeing the company’s Digital Transformation Solutions, a 7,000-person business unit providing engineering services.
During his tenure at Harman he also ran business development and strategic partnerships for the company’s consumer audio business.
Previously, Owens spent 27 years at Sprint, where he held a range of leadership roles, including senior vice president of product and head of marketing. As noted by the press release, "while at Sprint, he developed and launched innovative products in the mobile industry, as well as the first-ever phone leasing program." Owens also managed Sprint’s key supplier relationships, including Samsung, Apple and various software partners.
Owens received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Baker University.
Owens will report to Charter's chief mobile officer Danny Bowman and will be based in Denver, Colorado.
“David’s expertise and experience in the mobile, consumer electronics and software industries will be of tremendous benefit to Charter as we continue to grow and scale our mobile business. Spectrum Mobile has become the nation’s fastest growing mobile provider by combining superior connectivity with high-value plans and the best devices, and David will help us continue our momentum and our commitment to providing our customers with the best mobile product and services.”
The following recent video from The Economic Times' ET Edge Virtual Tech Summit features Owens in has capacity as SVP and GM of Digital Transformation Solutions at Harman, holding forth on digital twin technology.