Colleen Abdoulah, chairwoman and CEO of WOW!, has been named vice chairwoman of the American Cable Association (ACA).
James Bruder, CEO of Harron Communications, had held that position the past four years.
Abdoulah has served on the ACA board since 2008. She was elected vice chairman by the ACA board on April 11, on the eve of the 18th ACA Summit in Washington, D.C.
In her new position, Abdoulah will act as one of ACA's key advocates for the small, independent cable community before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Obama administration.
"Colleen is one of the most talented and visionary executives in the cable television industry, and I congratulate her on being named ACA's new vice chairwoman. I truly appreciate that Colleen is so willing to assume such an important role with so much at stake for ACA members and the millions of consumers they serve in hometown America," ACA President and CEO Matthew Polka said.
"Colleen's election as vice chairwoman is terrific news for our organization and the independent cable community that Colleen serves so well as an ACA Executive Committee member. Jim's decision to remain on the ACA board ensures that his deep industry experience will inform all of the important decisions awaiting us in the years ahead," ACA Chairman Steve Friedman said.
Abdoulah has been a strong supporter of ACA activities for many years. In 2010, Abdoulah testified on behalf of ACA before three Congressional Committees – the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet; the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights; and the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee – to deliver independent cable's concerns with the $30 billion Comcast-NBC Universal merger pending before the FCC and the Department of Justice.
Much of Abdoulah's Comcast-NBCU testimony served to give shape to regulatory conditions eventually applied in January to the most significant media merger in a decade.