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Charter Cuts VP Fogler, VP Jay In Reorg

Charter Communications said Monday some executives, including vice president and video services general manager Cathy Fogler and Jeff Jay, vice president of Web services, are leaving the cable company in a realignment that also condenses some field offices’ operations.

Fogler’s job—overseeing video product strategy—was eliminated as part of a realignment, mostly at headquarters in St. Louis, aimed at streamlining job functions that had been treated separately as Charter focuses on bundling services together, communications senior director Anita Lamont said.

Fogler’s last day is May 19 and she has said she intends to explore other opportunities. Fogler’s husband, Robert, is managing director of Thousand Hills Venture Fund, which invests in business in Rwanda.

Fogler also will remain active on the Colorado Broadband Infrastructure Task Force to which she was appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter last year, Lamont said.

Fogler joined Charter in August 2006 after a decade at other cable firms, lastly Adelphia Communications. She was promoted in December 2006 when former executive VP of programming Sue Ann Hamilton resigned. The program negotiaton portion of Hamilton’s duties went to SVP of business development Greg Rigdon, who remains at Charter.

Fogler’s been active in the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing and Women in Cable Telecommunications: the Rocky Mountain WICT chapter named her Woman of the Year for the chapter’s 2007 Walk of Fame.

Lamont confirmed Jay was departing from his job in St. Louis, as well, but said she did not have much more information than that.

She added the two executive departures and the reorganization were not related to Charter’s low stock price that led to the company’s receiving a notice from NASDAQ last week that its stock faces possible delisting. 

“It’s not about the number, it’s about the streamlining and being efficient,” Lamont said. She did not provide names of any other executives that might be departing in the reorganization, beyond confirming names she was asked about.

At the field offices, Charter has consolidated some of its key market areas, which is the company’s set-up in lieu of regional operations, Lamont said. Louisiana and Tennessee operations now will operate as a single key market area, she said. Several different key market areas in Michigan have been combined into one KMA, she added.

The field impact mostly was that jobs shifted rather than being eliminated, Lamont said.