Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) today announced that Jeffrey T. (JT) Fisher, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company, has indicated he intends to resign effective April 4, 2008. The Company also announced it will name Eloise Schmitz as Interim Chief Financial Officer.
Charter President and Chief Executive Officer, Neil Smit, said “JT has made numerous contributions to Charter and we appreciate his service. He’s developed an outstanding team and I am confident they will ensure a smooth transition period.”
JT Fisher commented, “Charter has made great progress over the past two years. I am pleased to have played a role in that effort and am confident I’m leaving the Company well positioned for continued growth.”
Effective April 4, 2008, Eloise Schmitz will serve as Interim Chief Financial Officer in addition to her regular duties as Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning. Ms. Schmitz has served Charter in roles of increasing responsibility in finance and strategic planning since 1998. Prior to joining Charter, Ms. Schmitz was Vice President, Group Manager, for Mercantile Bank, now US Bank, in St. Louis.
About Charter Communications
Charter Communications, Inc. is a leading broadband communications company and the third-largest publicly traded cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter Digital® video entertainment programming, Charter High-Speed™ Internet access service, and Charter Telephone™ services. Charter Business™ similarly provides scalable, tailored and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, video and music entertainment services and business telephone. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media® brand. More information about Charter can be found at www.charter.com.
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