Tom Rutledge
United States
2018

Charter Communications

Tom
Rutledge

Chairman / CEO

Since the completion of Charter’s acquisition of larger rival Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in 2016, Rutledge, one of the highest paid CEOs in America, has been working to integrate the three companies into a single cohesive unit. In recent months, Charter has rolled out industry-leading Spectrum Internet Gig, delivering speeds up to 940 Mbps, and it is completing an all-digital upgrade in Time Warner and Bright House legacy markets. The transition hasn’t always been easy. The stock dropped from north of $400/share to the low 300s, and in July Rutledge threatened litigation when the company was told it would have to cease operations in New York State because it allegedly failed to fulfill the terms of the merger.

Career

  • Charter Communications
  • Cablevision Systems Corporation
  • Time Warner Cable

Education

  • California University of Pennsylvania (PA, USA)
  • Harvard Business School (USA)

Variety Honors

  • Dealmaker's Impact
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Charter Cable TV Sub Losses Accelerate in Q3, CEO Blames Password-Sharing for Pressuring Bundles

Charter Cable TV Sub Losses Accelerate in Q3, CEO Blames Password-Sharing for Pressuring Bundles

Charter Communications, the No. 2 U.S. cable operator, missed Wall Street earnings expectations and felt the cord-cutting heat in the third quarter. CEO Tom Rutledge lashed out at programmers for putting "pressure" on the traditional cable TV bundle by allowing rampant password sharing.The company, which last year assimilated the operations of former Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, reported a decline of residential video customers of 104,000 for Q3. That was more than double the 47,000 lost in the...

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