Suddenlink Communications Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent was elected as The Cable Center's new chairman of its board of directors.
"I'm honored to serve as The Cable Center's chairman of the board," said Kent. "It is a privilege to work with The Cable Center's experienced and talented staff and board as we continue to move forward with our strategic goals and plans."
Kent officially took the reins last week at The Cable Show in Chicago during The Cable Center's Hall of Fame Celebration. Kent, who is also president and CEO of Suddenlink parent company Cequel, took over as chairman from Insight Communications CEO Michael Willner. Willner will continue to serve on The Cable Center's executive committee.
"We welcome Jerry as our new chairman of the board," said Larry Satkowiak, president and CEO of The Cable Center. "Jerry brings a wealth of wisdom and leadership to his new role, and we look forward to working with him to further the reach of our industry programs. We'd also like to thank Michael Willner, our immediate past chairman, for his leadership and guidance over the past three years."
Kent embarked on his cable career in 1983 when he joined Cencom Cable Associates. In 1993, he co-founded Charter Communications. During Kent's tenure, Charter went public in what was then the third-largest IPO in United States history, consistently led the industry in superior operating results, and had the best-performing public cable stock from its IPO until September 2001 – the month Kent left.
Kent also serves on the executive committee and board of trustees for Washington University, and on the boards of directors for CableLabs, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), C-SPAN and Cable in the Classroom. He is also chairman of the board for the Regional Justice Information Service and The Magic House/St. Louis Children's Museum.
Last week, Kent was co-chair of The Cable Show along with Discovery Channel President and CEO David Zaslav.
The Cable Center's board of directors also elected Bright House Networks president Nomi Bergman and Motorola Mobility President Dan Moloney to the board.