Comcast ups Charytan to EVP and general counsel, will have 'dotted line' reporting to Cohen

Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has promoted Lynn Charytan to executive VP and general counsel of Comcast Cable.

Lynn Charytan to executive VP and general counsel of Comcast Cable


In the role, the five-year Comcast veteran will oversee the legal affairs for Comcast across technologies, products and services in 39 states, including Washington, D.C., adding to her current oversight of regulatory compliance for the 2011 purchase of NBCUniversal.

Charytan will report to Comcast Cable CEO Neil Smit, while having a "dotted line reporting" relationship with David L. Cohen, who is senior executive VP of Comcast Corp. and, to date, the corporation's regulatory affairs head honcho.

"As general counsel for cable, she will directly report to Neil as he is the CEO of that business. She'll also have a reporting relationship with David for her corporate responsibilities," said Comcast spokesman John Demming, explaining the reporting structure in an email to FierceCable.

In October, Comcast extended Cohen's contract through the end of 2020.

Speculation heated up in May that Cohen would depart Comcast at the end of his deal, after the well-regarded regulatory affairs chief was unable to lead the conglomerate through a successful closure of it proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC). 

However, those rumors were tempered when Comcast Corp. CEO Brian Roberts released a statement that read, "There is nobody better than David Cohen. He's incredible at what he does, and we are beyond lucky that he helps passionately lead so many areas at Comcast. He is also a huge supporter of Philadelphia and has done so much for the community. I'm extremely proud to have him on our team."

As for Charytan, she joined Comcast in 2010 after spending 17 years at the D.C. law firm WilmerHale. 

"Lynn has done an outstanding job leading our company's legal regulatory affairs function as well as assisting Comcast Cable on many business activities," Cohen said in a statement. "She is highly respected throughout our company and in the cable and telecommunications industries, and it gives me great pride to see her continue her rapid career growth at Comcast."

For more:
- read this Comcast press release

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