Charter’s Rutledge booked for SCTE keynote

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Charter Communications Chairman and CEO Thomas Rutledge

Charter Communications Chairman and CEO Thomas Rutledge has been booked for what is arguably the cable industry’s biggest remaining trade-show speaking gig, delivering the keynote at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver on Oct. 18.

Rutledge is one of the industry’s biggest gadflies, serving as chairman of NCTA—The Internet & Television Association, as well as on the boards of CableLabs and C-SPAN.

“Tom Rutledge’s vision and his ability to seize opportunities have changed the face of cable telecommunications within the past several years,” said Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and its sister org, the the International Society of Broadband Experts. 

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A former Cablevision executive Rutledge, 63, masterminded the transformation of legacy Charter into a unified, modern digital-centric cable operator. He also led the MSO through the massive $55 million acquisition and integration of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

He received $98.5 million in executive compensation last year for his efforts, making him the highest paid corporate leader in American business. 

“As the industry continues to evolve, success will be measured by our ability to deliver content and new services in ways that attract and retain customers,” said Rutledge in a statement. “SCTE•ISBE and the technology community at large will play a significant role in our ability to quickly and efficiently deploy the new products that will help our industry maintain its competitive edge.”