The Search Is On for New NCTA Boss

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After meeting last week in Cape Cod, Mass., the executive committee of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association has taken the first step toward finding a replacement for president Robert Sachs.

NCTA chairman Glenn Britt, chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable, announced Wednesday the formation of an eight-member search committee that will lead the vetting process and make recommendations later to the NCTA board.

Britt -- who did not indicate how the long the selection process would last -- said the committee would work with an unnamed executive-recruiting firm to assemble a list of candidates and conduct an initial round of interviews.

"Our goal is for the committee to conduct a thorough search on the board's behalf and ensure a seamless transition of leadership at the NCTA," Britt said in a prepared statement.

Last month, Sachs announced that he would not seek a contract extension and would remain at his post until a successor had been named. He became NCTA president in August 1999.

Britt, who will serve on the search committee, said Robert Miron, chairman and CEO of Advance/Newhouse Communications, and Decker Anstrom, president and chief operating officer of Landmark Communications Inc., would serve as co-chairmen.

Other named were: Nick Davatzes, CEO of A&E Television Networks; Ron Duncan, president of General Communication Inc.; Jim Robbins, CEO of Cox Communications Inc.; Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast Corp.; and Michael Willner, vice chairman and CEO of Insight Communications Co. Inc.

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