Thomas M. Rutledge
Thomas M. Rutledge is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Charter Communications, the second-largest cable company in the United States, with 98,000 employees and 28 million customers across 41 states.
Prior to becoming CEO of Charter in 2012, Mr. Rutledge, a 42-year veteran of the industry, served as Chief Operating Officer of Cablevision Systems. He began his career in 1977 at American Television and Communications (ATC), a predecessor of Time Warner Cable where he served in many different capacities, eventually becoming President of Time Warner Cable.
Mr. Rutledge is a former Chairman of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and serves on the boards of NCTA, CableLabs and C-SPAN. In 2011, he received NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership, the cable industry’s highest honor, and is a member of the Cable Hall of Fame and the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.
He received a B.A. in economics from California University in California, Pennsylvania in 1977.