Kyle McSlarrow, president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, is exiting the cable trade group next spring.
"Serving at NCTA has been a great honor, a wonderful learning experience, and personally and professionally rewarding. I have been proud to represent the cable industry, which I now regard as my home. I am truly grateful to the NCTA Board for having given me this opportunity and for their strong leadership and support," he said in a statement Friday.
"Over the last several months, I have discussed with members of the NCTA Board my interest in transitioning to another role in our industry that would allow me to work more fully on business and operating activities. Earlier this week, I informed the NCTA Board of my decision to begin exploring opportunities now, and we agreed on the spring of 2011 as the target for my departure from NCTA," he said.
McSlarrow joined NCTA in March 2005 and wound up spending much of his early tenure defending the industry from attacks on its business model (bundled channels vs. a la carte) and its prices from then-FCC Chairman Kevin Martin. His creed has been to avoid, whenever possible, asking government to step into the cable business.
McSlarrow has been one of the best-compensated association heads, according to the latest Washingtonian salary survey, with compensation of $2,214,896.
The NCTA board will form a search committee to find a successor.