Cable Operators

Fawaz To Leave Charter

3/15/2011 5:05 PM Eastern

Industry technology veteran and Charter Communications chief technology officer Marwan Fawaz will leave the St. Louis-based MSO on March 25, replaced by a tandem of technology veterans.

In a statement, Charter said former Cox Communications chief technology officer Chris Bowick will serve as interim CTO, advising executive vice president technology and president of commercial services Don Detampel. Charter said Detampel, who joined the company in October 2010, will add responsibilities for product development, network operations, engineering and information technology in the wake of Fawaz's departure.

This would be the second time Fawaz has left Charter. He served as regional vice president of operations for the MSO's Northwest region from 2001 to 2002, leaving in May 2002 to serve as investment specialist/technology analyst for Vulcan Inc., former Charter chairman Paul Allen's investment vehicle. Fawaz left that position in 2003 to serve as senior vice president and chief technology officer at Adelphia Communications, returning to Charter in 2006.

Fawaz is well-known in the technology community, serving as chairman of CableLabs' Technical Advisory Committee. He received a National Cable & Telecommunications Association Vanguard Award for Science & Technology in 2010.

"Marwan was instrumental in developing Charter's next generation strategy and launching DOCSIS 3.0 and switched digital video across the majority of our footprint to deliver enhanced products and services to our customers," Charter CEO Mike Lovett said in a statement. "With significant speed advantages, deployment of the first phase of next generation TV on the horizon and expanded commercial services capabilities, Charter is creating momentum. On behalf of the leadership team, I thank Marwan for his many contributions to Charter's successes."

According to securities filings, Fawaz signed a new three-year employment deal with Charter in January that called for an annual base salary of $650,000 and an annual bonus of up to 125% of his base.