Charter's search for new CFO over with hiring of Winfrey

Fri, 10/29/2010 - 8:35am
Mike Robuck

Charter Communications has hired Christopher Winfrey as its chief financial officer, which was a position that had been open since April.

Chris WinfreyWinfrey, who was also named executive vice president, took over for Kevin Howard. Howard was named interim CFO in July, while Charter conducted a search to replace former CFO Eloise Schmitz, who left the company in April.

Winfrey is now responsible for all of Charter's financial functions, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax, and treasury, as well as mergers and acquisitions, capital structure activities and investor relations.

Prior to joining Charter, Winfrey served as chief financial officer and managing director for Unitymedia, Germany's second-largest provider of media and communications services via broadband cable. He also held leadership and finance positions with Cablecom and NTL Europe, assuming a key role in the operational turnaround, triple-play services rollout and capital markets development at these companies over the last decade.

"Chris' experience across different broadband market structures and competitive environments in Europe is a strong complement to Charter's leadership team," said Charter president and CEO Michael Lovett. "He possesses a great depth of industry knowledge and financial expertise that will be invaluable as we position the company for future growth.

"I would also like to extend my gratitude to Kevin Howard, whose commitment to Charter and willingness to act as interim chief financial officer – in addition to his role as chief accounting officer – gave us the flexibility and time to find the right candidate."

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