Krone Joining Comcast In January

Washington – Former National Cable & Telecommunications Association executive vice president David Krone, a behind-the-scenes figure at cable’s largest trade group for the past five years, is joining Comcast in January, working mostly from the company’s Philadelphia headquarters under executive vice president David Cohen.

“I’m honored to be joining such a terrific company and management team,” said Krone in a statement Tuesday released by Comcast. “Comcast is experiencing phenomenal growth and I look forward to contributing to its success.”

Krone left NCTA on Oct. 1. He starts with Comcast on Jan. 2. NCTA has not named Krone’s replacement.

Krone, a Democrat, gave NCTA’s leadership a bipartisan look after Kyle McSlarrow became NCTA president in March 2005 after serving as Deputy Energy Secretary in the Bush administration. His Democrat ties helped some at the FCC, where Democratic FCC member Jonathan Adelstein has at time helped try to cable curb some of FCC chairman Kevin Martin’s cable-bashing excesses. Krone’s value soared even more last November when the Democrats triumphed at the polls, taking back the House and Senate.

“David brings extensive experience and great understanding and insight of the cable distribution and network businesses, sports marketing, and how government, industry, and other influential forces interact,” Cohen said in a statement.

Before joining NCTA, Krone was executive vice president of marketing with the YES Network, responsible for creating the initial branding campaign prior to the network’s March 2002 debut. His other prior positions include executive vice president of communications and marketing of GlobalCenter, Inc., the Internet services subsidiary of Global Crossing Ltd, and executive vice president of government relations at AT&T Broadband and Tele-Communications Inc.

Krone is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Comcast’s statement said.