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Charter nabs Rigdon for corporate development

Tue, 08/03/2010 - 8:30am
Traci Patterson

Charter Communications has promoted Gregory Rigdon, naming him executive vice president of corporate development and strategy.

Rigdon will be in charge of building the strategy to support the cable operator's "commitment to operational and service excellence and long-term growth," Charter said.

He will also continue to lead Charter's negotiations with programmers, vendors and strategic partners. Since joining Charter in 2006, Rigdon has served as senior vice president of business development.

"Greg's broad range of experience makes him extremely qualified for this integral role, which touches all components of Charter's business," said Michael Lovett, Charter's president and CEO. "He will be at the center of defining Charter's strategic direction to position us for future growth."

Prior to Charter, Rigdon served as vice president of programming, strategy and business development for America Online, where he structured and negotiated all content licensing and acquisitions for the AOL Network and developed programming strategies across AOL's vertical content areas.

Last week, Charter appointed Craig Jacobson to its board of directors and said it expects its Class A stock to return to the Nasdaq stock market over the coming weeks. Jacobson is serving as a member of Charter's audit committee of the board, which Charter said it believes satisfies the requirements for listing of its Class A common stock on the Nasdaq stock market.

Charter also announced last week that Kevin Howard was appointed as its interim chief financial officer. Howard is Charter's senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer. With Howard as interim CFO, Charter's previously announced search to replace executive vice president and CFO Eloise Schmitz continues.

The real executive shakeup at Charter happened in January, though, when Comcast announced that Neil Smit was leaving his CEO post at Charter to become president of Comcast Cable Communications.

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