Charter's president/COO to retire end of 2022

Feb. 5, 2021
Charter Communications' president and chief operating officer John Bickham plans to retire at the end of 2022.
Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) on Feb. 3 announced that its president and chief operating officer, 35-year industry veteran John Bickham, plans to retire at the end of 2022.

"It has been a privilege to work alongside John for nearly 30 of his 35 years in the cable industry," said Tom Rutledge, Charter Communications' chairman and CEO. "He is widely regarded as one of the best operators in cable and has been instrumental in the successful integration of our three companies, and subsequent trajectory as the fastest growing cable company in the nation. I am grateful that he will remain as president and COO to provide continued leadership and support throughout this transition."

During this period, and in preparation for the future and Charter's continued success, the company is announcing that both Rich DiGeronimo, its chief product and technology officer, and Chris Winfrey, its chief financial officer, will take on additional responsibilities. 

Effective immediately, Mr. DiGeronimo will add oversight of Spectrum Reach – Charter's advertising sales business led by executive vice president David Kline – to his current responsibilities of leading the operator's Product and Technology organization, which both develops Charter's competitive products and builds the tools and systems to support customers and employees enterprise-wide. Mr. DiGeronimo will report directly to Mr. Rutledge.

In addition to continuing as CFO, Mr. Winfrey will assume operational leadership for Charter's Sales and Marketing unit, and Spectrum Community Solutions overseen by Jon Hargis, executive vice president, chief marketing officer, and Adam Ray, executive vice president, Spectrum Community Solutions, respectively. Mr. Winfrey will report to Mr. Bickham on Operations and to Mr. Rutledge as CFO. Mr. Winfrey also will retain responsibility for Spectrum Enterprise led by Bill Archer, executive vice president.

"We have developed a sound operating strategy and an outstanding leadership team at Charter," added Mr. Rutledge. "Chris's influence on our operations has expanded beyond traditional finance areas, and I look forward to seeing the impact of his leadership more formally within our cable operations. Under Rich's guidance, the technology team has shaped the customer experience through our leading products and services, and it is that innovation and collaborative spirit that will benefit Spectrum Reach as it helps businesses reach their audiences in new ways."

Mr. Bickham will continue to oversee Charter's Field Operations, Customer Operations, Network Operations, and FP&A and Business Planning teams led by Tom Adams, executive vice president, Field Operations; Cliff Hagan, executive vice president, Customer Operations; Magesh Srinivasan, executive vice president, Network Operations; and Jim Nuzzo, executive vice president, FP&A and Business Planning, respectively.

David Ellen, senior executive vice president; Catherine Bohigian, executive vice president, Government Affairs; and Rick Dykhouse, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, will continue to report to Mr. Rutledge.

More information can be found at corporate.charter.com.

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