Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services, announced today that Neil Smit will be joining Comcast Cable Communications as President. Mr Smit will report to Steve Burke, Chief Operating Officer of Comcast Corporation. He will be responsible for all business aspects of the Company's cable operations.
"Neil is widely respected throughout the cable industry as a strong leader with deep knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of topics. We look forward to having him on our team as he helps take us to the next level of our company's evolution," said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Corporation.
"We are very pleased to welcome Neil to Comcast. He will be the perfect complement to our already strong management team. We know Neil well, and his broad management experience in the cable and Internet industries will enable him to hit the ground running," said Mr. Burke.
"I am very pleased to join Comcast at such an exciting period for the Company and industry. Comcast has led many consumer innovations in video, high-speed Internet and digital phone, and I couldn't be more enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with such a terrific group of people," said Mr. Smit.
Mr. Smit joins Comcast from Charter Communications where he served as Chief Executive Officer and Director since 2005. Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Smit was the President of Time Warner's America Online Access Business overseeing Internet access services, including America Online (AOL), CompuServe and Netscape ISPs. He also served at AOL as Executive Vice President, Member Services, and Chief Operating Officer of MapQuest. Mr. Smit also was a regional president with Nabisco and served in a number of management positions at Pillsbury. For five and a half years, Mr. Smit served on active duty with the Navy SEALS Teams and retired from the service as a Lieutenant Commander.
In his role at Charter, Mr. Smit served on the boards of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, CableLabs and C-Span. He has a bachelor's of science degree from Duke University and a master's degree from Tufts University's Fletcher School.
Mr. Smit will relocate to Philadelphia with his wife and sons.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 23.8 million cable customers, 15.7 million high-speed Internet customers, and 7.4 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, 11 regional sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, which owns two professional sports teams, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, and a large, multipurpose arena in Philadelphia, the Wachovia Center, and manages other facilities for sporting events, concerts and other events.