Tom Rutledge
Title: President/CEO, Charter Communications
Education: BA, Economics, California University

Why Him? Now that he’s been on the job for a year, Charter is starting to see some real progress from new management, with triple play sell-in rates soaring. This is textbook Rutledge: take an undermanaged asset and improve upon it. And he’ll get a chance to do that even more, with the MSO about to close on its Bresnan acquisition from Cablevision. He saw the potential in those systems when he was COO at Cablevision, and obviously feels there is still lots of promise. With Liberty Media’s $2.6 billion investment, he now has to answer to John Malone.That could be a good thing, given Liberty’s experience in MVPDs as well as programming. Big expectations for Rutledge and team abound. ?

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