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Travis named exec VP of cable org

June Travis, the president of Denver-based cable multisystem operator Rifkin & Associates, has been named executive veepee and chief operating officer of the National Cable Television Assn.

Travis joins the trade org in May as No. 2 in command behind president Decker Anstrom, who announced the appointment Wednesday.

Anstrom said Travis’ “proven consensus building skills … and her extensive knowledge of this industry (are) just what NCTA needs.”

Before becoming prexy of Rifkin & Associates — the 31st largest multisystem operator in the nation — Travis served in executive positions at American Television and Communications Corp. She’s a current NCTA board member and also serves on the board of C-SPAN and Cable in the Classroom.

Further, the NCTA has announced the creation of a public affairs committee to offer advice on improving the industry’s image. The Disney Channel prexy John Cooke and Time Warner Cable honcho Joe Collins will co-chair the committee.

Anstrom said the committee will initially focus on education, programming, technology and customer commitment.

Other members of the panel are Matthew C. Blank, prez of Showtime Networks; Scott Chambers, executive VP of Chambers Communications; Jack Clifford, chairman of Colony Communications; John Egan, president of Antec; Paul Freas, prez of TKR Cable; Jerry Lindauer, senior VP of Prime Cable; Lee Masters, prexy of E! Entertainment Television; Mike Ritter, president of Continental Cablevision; Ralph Roberts, chairman of Comcast Corp.; Scott Sassa, head of Turner Entertainment Networks; J.C. Sparkman, exec VP of Tele-Communications Inc.; and Alex Swan, prez of the Cable Television Public Affairs Assn.

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