New Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR) SVP of Video Products Gary Schanman will see several familiar faces at his new job, as he is one of at least six Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) veterans to join CEO Tom Rutledge at the MSO.
Charter said Thursday that Schanman, who helped Cablevision launch its network-based DVR, Optimum TV app and several other advanced products, will oversee the development of its cloud-based user interface and its "evolving" Charter TV apps. He reports to Charter SVP of Product and Strategy Rich DiGeronimo, a former Level 3 Communications executive who joined Charter in 2008.
Rutledge was COO at Cablevision before he was named CEO of Charter in December 2011. He moved Charter's headquarters from St. Louis, Mo., to Stamford, Conn., in 2012, which has helped Charter recruit several executives from cable companies based in the New York metropolitan area, including Cablevision and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC).
Cablevision veteran John Bickham is Charter's COO. Executives on Charter's leadership team who worked previously at Cablevision include Chief Marketing Officer Jonathan Hargis, EVP of Network Operations Scott Weber, EVP of Customer Operations Kathleen "Kip" Mayo, EVP of Engineering Jim Blackley and EVP of Government Affairs Catherine Bohigian.
Schanman held several positions at Cablevision, including SVP of broadband product management and SVP of strategic product development. He also spent more than a year at Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) as VP of advertising and interactive commerce product development.
"Gary has a long track record of success in innovating and leading the development of new consumer video products that greatly impact how customers consume and enjoy their favorite content," DiGeronimo said in a prepared statement. "Gary will inherit a dynamic, high-performing team that has made tremendous strides and delivered exceptional results over the past 18 months. I have great confidence Gary will help lead them to the next level of success," he added.
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