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NCTA Taps McSlarrow As New President

Washington — The National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) announced that Kyle McSlarrow, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy and a former top aide to key members of the U.S. Senate, has been named the association’s new president/CEO, effective, effective March 1.

McSlarrow will replace outgoing NCTA president/CEO Robert Sachs. He will serve as the cable industry’ chief advocate and representative in its relationship with Congress, the Administration, the Federal Communications Commission and other federal agencies, and will manage the staff, programs and initiatives of NCTA.

“Kyle brings to NCTA a long record of achievement in government, a history of success in working with congressional leaders, solid experience in dealing with regulatory issues, and a strong belief in cable’s potential to serve the needs of American consumers in a free and competitive marketplace,” said Glenn Britt, CEO, Time Warner Cable, and chairman of the NCTA board of directors. “We are fortunate to have Kyle join NCTA, particularly as Congress embarks on a major review of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.”

“The cable industry is providing great benefit to consumers through its quality programming, dynamic new services and superior technology. By providing jobs for more than a million Americans, it’s also a major staple of the U.S. economy and a great contributor to the life of our communities. I’m honored to represent the many fine people and companies that comprise the industry, and I’m eager to lead the effort to tell cable’s story in Washington,” McSlarrow said in a prepared statement.

A former candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District, McSlarrow also has served as deputy chief of staff and chief counsel to former U.S. Senators Bob Dole (R-Kan.) and Trent Lott (R-Miss.) when each served as senate majority leader; and as chief of staff for the late U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell (R-Ga.).

An attorney, he has worked in private practice in Washington on environmental and energy litigation, and he served as assistant to the general counsel of the Army while a captain in the U.S. Army.

Sachs announced last year his intention not to seek renewal of his contact at the conclusion of its term.