Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) has named former Cablevision executive David G. Ellen to the wide-ranging role of senior executive VP.
Reporting directly to Charter President and CEO Tom Rutledge, Ellen will oversee programming, news and sports networks, strategic policy development, regulatory compliance, human resources, communications and security.
Ellen just left Cablevision in June, following Altice USA's takeover of the New York-area MSO. At Cablevision, he served as executive VP and general manager.
"David brings a wealth of industry experience and expertise to Charter and a history of innovative thinking and successful execution," said Rutledge, in a statement. "His grasp of the component pieces of our business – including how our business strategy around programming and content must be developed in the context of a complex and changing environment – and his proven senior leadership skills will make him an invaluable asset to Charter as we continue to grow."
As Cablevision's general counsel, Ellen worked closely with company engineers and product developers on several key initiatives, including Cablevision's successful legal defense of its cloud-based DVR product, as well as the legal strategy supporting the rollout of in-home streaming of the company's entire cable service to IP-enabled devices.
Before joining Cablevision, the Harvard Law grad served as deputy general counsel at Barry Dillar's IAC. Prior to starting his career in the private sector, Ellen was a special counsel for the FCC, working on the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He was also a law clerk for Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsberg when both judges were on the U.S. Court of Appeals.
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