President and CEO of NCTA Stepping Down

Nov 19, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Tjhe  president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association announced today that he will be stepping down from his post, Multichannel News reports.

Kyle McSlarrow, 50, who has served atop NCTA since March 2005, hopes to find a job in the cable industry. He said he will leave NCTA in the spring of 2011. The NCTA board will form a search committee to find a successor, the article says.

In a separate article, Multichannel’s excellent Washington Editor, John Eggerton, asked McSlarrow, "You’re one of the highest paid lobbyists in this town and have gotten high marks from the cable industry. Why are you leaving?"

To which McSlarrow replied, "When I was at the Department of Energy [during the Bush administration], I assumed I would be moving into business from that point, and in fact I had had a couple of offers from midsized companies. When [the NCTA job] came over the transom,it sort of turned my eye and I got increasingly interested in it and, frankly, telecommunications is a lot more interesting than energy.

"So, when I first met with the search committee, which basically is the executive committee, I said at the outset that my long-term goals were to be on the business side and I see this as a great transitional job, but I don’t see this as a permanent job.

"I turned 50 this year [in June] and that always makes you think. It reinforced in my mind that I still wanted to do that. And in order to start that transition, I actually have to leave. It has been a fantastic job, and I love it, but it wasn’t my long-term goal to have this be my last job."

Since McSlarrow’s contract doesn’t end until 2012, Eggerton asked him why he decided to leave by next spring.

McSlarrow said, "I arrived at that decision this fall and I have been thinking about it for a while. It is partly personal and partly timing for the organization. On the personal side, turning 50 and thinking where I want to be 10 years down the road, it just seems like now is the right time. I felt like we have sort of gone through major challenges, and we are in the end game, even though it is not completely finished yet, on Title II.

From the organization’s perspective: We’ll conclude Title II, however we conclude it, and we have a new Congress. I’d rather leave now than, say, in the middle of a telecom rewrite."

Tile I and Title II refer to how how the FCC regulates broadband services. Title I would define them as information services. Title II would define them as telecom services. Different sets of rules apply depending upon which Title is operative.


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