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Charter Names a CFO

Charter Communications Inc. named former AT&T Broadband executive Michael Huseby as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Huseby will report to Charter CEO Carl Vogel and will be responsible for all accounting matters, financial reporting, financial planning and analysis and information technology.

Charter had been without a permanent CFO ever since Kent Kalkwarf was fired from the position in December 2002.

Kalkwarf -- along with former chief operating officer Dave Barford, former senior VP David McCall and former senior VP James "Trey" Smith -- was indicted on federal charges of fraud and conspiracy in July. McCall pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy that same month, and he is expected to cooperate with prosecutors. The other executives have claimed their innocence.

Since Kalkwarf resigned, the CFO position had been filled on an interim basis by executive VP and chief administrative officer Steve Schumm. Schumm continues in his previous position.

Huseby was named executive VP of finance and administration and CFO at AT&T Broadband in 1999 and stayed on through the MSO’s sale to Comcast Corp. in November 2002. Since leaving AT&T Broadband, Huseby has been president of his own management and consulting firm, MPH Consulting Inc.

"Mike is a seasoned professional with an impressive record in finance, accounting, information technology, business processes and organizational dynamics," Vogel said in a prepared statement.

"He has excellent relationships in the industry and financial community, and he will work well together with our existing team toward the goal of continuing to improve Charter’s performance and leadership," Vogel added. "Mike also has extensive operational experience, and he will be an excellent resource for the entire company as we continue to improve our performance in critical support functions."