Tom Rutledge
United States

Charter Communications


Chairman / CEO

Rutledge has presided over the substantial growth of Charter Communications since taking the helm of the cable operator in 2012. On his watch, it grew to become the second-largest MSO behind Comcast, thanks to the acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in 2016. The company’s stock price topped $400 in 2019, with a market cap of about $89 billion. But Charter’s future is still a source of speculation as both MVPDs and content owners feel renewed pressure to consolidate. Rutledge has been cool to acquisition overtures in the past, at odds even with longtime supporter John Malone, chairman of Liberty Broadband, an investor in Charter. In the cable industry since 1977, before Charter he was chief operating officer of Cablevision Systems.


  • Charter Communications
  • Cablevision Systems Corporation
  • Time Warner Cable


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

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
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Charter Chief Blasts Programmers For Not Cracking Down on Password Sharing

Charter Chief Blasts Programmers For Not Cracking Down on Password Sharing

Andy Samberg's joke during September's Primetime Emmy Awards telecast about offering up his HBO Go password to viewers was no laughing matter to Charter Communications chief Tom Rutledge.Rutledge flagged password-sharing of authenticated streaming services as "a real issue" for MVPD providers during a conference call with Wall Street analysts on Thursday. The CEO was critical of cable programmers for not taking more steps to police the users of those service. He said the potential for cable operators to sell video...


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