The National Cable & Telecommunications Association announced that President and CEO Kyle McSlarrow is leaving the organization sometime this spring.

McSlarrow, who has been with the NCTA since 2005, said the decision was his and that he will seek another position within the cable industry after his departure.

"Serving at NCTA has been a great honor, a wonderful learning experience, and personally and professionally rewarding," McSlarrow said in his statement. "I have been proud to represent the cable industry, which I now regard as my home. I am truly grateful to the NCTA board [of directors] for having given me this opportunity and for their strong leadership and support.

"Over the last several months, I have discussed with members of the NCTA board my interest in transitioning to another role in our industry that would allow me to work more fully on business and operating activities. Earlier this week, I informed the NCTA board of my decision to begin exploring opportunities now, and we agreed on the spring of 2011 as the target for my departure from NCTA.

"Though I believe this is the right decision for me and my family, it was not an easy one. I regard the NCTA staff not just as professionals comprising the best in our business, but also as close personal friends and colleagues. I'm hoping to have the opportunity moving forward to continue collaborating with them, and to assist my successor at NCTA, in the important work we do for our industry."

Cox Communications President Pat Esser, current chair of the NCTA's board of directors, said the NCTA's board will conduct a national search for McSlarrow's successor.

"For nearly six years, Kyle has successfully navigated the public policy interests of our industry during a period of significant change and substantial challenges," Esser said in his statement. "He's led our industry to embrace many landmark initiatives, such as our work on the DTV transition, the Adoption Plus proposal to advance broadband adoption in low-income households, and highlighting parental controls and the importance of online safety.

"While we will miss Kyle's friendship, pragmatic solutions and firm guidance, we're grateful for his visionary leadership at NCTA and fully supportive of his decision to transition into his next endeavor. We're also delighted that he intends to remain in our industry in another role."