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Fawaz resigns from Charter; Bowick is interim CTO

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 8:25am
Brian Santo

Charter Communications EVP and CTO Marwan Fawaz has resigned from the company. Charter said Fawaz will be leaving "to pursue other opportunities."

Fawaz joined the company in 2006, coming from Adelphia, where he also held the CTO post.

Charter said it is bringing on former Cox Communications CTO Chris Bowick to serve as interim CTO. Fawaz's last day will be March 25.

Fawaz's exit follows on the heels of the departure of xecutive vice president-operations and marketing Ted Schremp last month. Schremp has been at the company since 2005. At the time, Charter said Schremp left for "personal reasons."

"Marwan was instrumental in developing Charter's next generation strategy and launching DOCSIS 3.0 and switched digital video across the majority of our footprint to deliver enhanced products and services to our customers," said Mike Lovett, Charter's president and CEO. " On behalf of the leadership team, I thank Marwan for his many contributions to Charter's successes."

Fawaz began his career as a design engineer at Times Mirror Cable Television and later joined Continental Cablevision as a vice president of engineering for the Western Region. He also worked at MediaOne as a vice president of operations and engineering, served as an Executive-In-Residence at Pilot House Ventures, managed the Northwest Region for Charter Communications as regional vice president, and worked for Vulcan Inc., a Paul Allen company, as a technology investment analyst.

At the same time, Charter has promoted Don Detampel to executive vice president, technology and president, commercial services. Detampel joined Charter as executive vice president and president, commercial services in October 2010 to lead Charter's commercial growth initiatives.

Detampel is adding responsibilities for product development, network operations, engineering and information technology upon the resignation of Fawaz.

"This is an exciting time for Charter, and I look forward to taking the services we offer to both our residential and commercial customers to the next level," said Detampel. "I am also pleased with the progress we have made in capturing the commercial services opportunity and am looking forward to continuing that momentum."

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