Charter Communications said Mary L. White, the former president of the cable operator's Central Division, died early Friday (March 6). She was 46.
The Madison, Wisc.-based executive, who retired at the end of 2008, had breast cancer.
A Chicago native who played point guard for the Northern Illinois University women's basketball team, White got her start in cable out of college with an internship at Cablenet and Associates, marketing cable subscriptions.
That led to marketing positions at Tele-Communications Inc. and AT&T Broadband, where she also was an operating executive. Before joining Charter in 2005, she was senior vice president of Colorado operations at Comcast.
She joined Charter as head of Great Lakes operations before becoming Central Division president after a realignment of operations. She had overall responsibility for systems in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin with 1.4 million subscribers at the time of her appointment.
Charter recently described her as “a cable force of nature.” Among industry accolades, she was a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute and was honored as a cable Wonder Woman by Multichannel News in 2008.
Her husband, Dale, and then-15-year-old daughter, Campbell, attended the Wonder Women luncheon in New York with her last March.
Campbell White and two friends recently created T-shirts with the slogan “Keep the Hope Alive” in tribute to her mother and sold to raise funds for the Madison, Wisc., chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The shirts are $16 each and more information about them can be obtained from Anita Lamont at Charter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
According to the Madison.com Web site, funeral services will be held at the Blackhawk Evangelical Free Church, Verona, Wis., on Tuesday, March 17.