Comcast Names Kerry Knott Vice President, Federal Government Affairs
Comcast Corporation today named Kerry Knott to the newly created position of vice president, federal government affairs. Knott will spearhead Comcast's government affairs program to ensure the company's interests are represented in the federal arena. He will be responsible for building and managing Comcast's federal affairs office in Washington, D.C. and will join James R. Coltharp, Senior Director of Public Policy, who will continue to concentrate primarily on FCC issues. Knott will begin his new position by April 1, 2003.
Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen, to whom Knott will report, said, "Comcast has a growing role in the dialogue on the future of communications. Kerry will be leading the charge to make sure that Comcast's voice is heard in Washington."
Knott said, "I am pleased to be joining Comcast and look forward to working with a growing company with world-class leadership."
Knott currently serves as senior director of legislative affairs for Microsoft Corporation, where he has been responsible for Microsoft's growing lobbying operation, and worked on issues such as competition, broadband, privacy, immigration, intellectual property rights, and procurement. Knott has managed Microsoft's outside consultants and served as liaison to think tanks and third-party organizations. In addition, he has had primary responsibility for managing the PAC process in the D.C. office.
Before joining Microsoft, Knott served as chief of staff to former House Majority Leader Dick Armey. He was responsible for the coordination and implementation of House Republican Leadership goals including political, legislative, communications and strategic planning initiatives. From 1984 through 1998, Knott served as Armey's most senior advisor managing all aspects of Armey's political and policy organization. In 1984, Knott managed Armey's first congressional campaign that succeeded in unseating a well-known Texas incumbent.
Comcast Corporation (www.comcast.com) is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable networks, and in the provision of electronic commerce and programming content. The company is the largest cable company in the United States, serving approximately 21.4 million cable subscribers. The Company's commerce and content businesses include majority ownership of QVC, Comcast Spectacor, Comcast SportsNet, E! Entertainment Television, Style, The Golf Channel, Outdoor Life Network and G4. Comcast Class A common stock and Class A Special common stock trade on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbols CMCSA and CMCSK, respectively.