Charter Communications Inc.'s top marketing executive, Mary Pat Blake, is
leaving the company Oct. 19, officials said Monday.
Charter has sought to send a message of executive stability, signing chief
operating officer David Barford and chief financial officer Kent Kalkwarf to
contract extensions in the wake of former CEO Jerald Kent's resignation.
Those two are assuming Kent's responsibilities until Charter hires a new CEO.
Kent's last day at Charter was Sept. 28.
Analysts had been expecting Charter to try to sign other key executives,
including Blake and chief technology officer Steve Silva, to long-term deals, as
But Barford said in an internally distributed memo Monday that Blake, senior
vice president of marketing and Charter Media, would be leaving the company
after six years. The memo said she will devote time to overseeing two charitable
organizations -- The International Foundation for Leadership and Vision and the
Blake Foundation -- and to finishing a book she started writing last year.
Barford said in the memo: 'While it's with great reluctance that we've
accepted her decision, we do so only because of the confidence we have that Mary
Pat leaves behind a legacy that will serve us for years to come.'
He added that Blake's accomplishments included hiring a new advertising
agency for field and corporate offices after a six-month search and executing a
retail strategy that includes arrangements to sell advanced services with
Circuit City Stores Inc., CompUSA and other retailers.
Vice president of marketing Rick Lang will assume interim responsibility for
corporate marketing until Charter hires a permanent replacement. Lang and Wes
Hart, vice president of Charter Media, will report to Barford.