STAMFORD, Conn., July 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) today announced two additions to its leadership team. Mike Bair has been named Executive Vice President, Spectrum Networks, and Clifford Harris has been named Senior Vice President, Law -- Programming, Product and Regulatory. Bair will oversee all aspects of Charter's local news and sports networks, including its regional sports networks in Los Angeles. Harris will oversee all legal support for the programming and product groups as well as for all regulatory compliance and policy matters at Charter. Both executives will be based at Charter's Stamford, CT headquarters and will report to David Ellen, Senior Executive Vice President.
"We are thrilled that Mike and Cliff will be joining our leadership team at Charter" said Ellen. "Their proven leadership and valuable industry experience will be critical as we work to align Charter as one company, on a path to continued growth and success."
Bair joins Charter from Bleachers Corp., a start-up streaming media company, where he served as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Bleachers, Bair served as President of Madison Square Garden's Media Group where he lead the strategic, operational and financial performance of MSG Networks, Fuse Music TV, MSG Interactive, MSG Radio and all sponsorship and ad sales for the parent company. Before MSG Media, Bair served as President, Product Management and Marketing for Cablevision's cable division, where he was responsible for product strategy, programming, marketing, and advertising, as well as brand management, for the company's video, voice and internet services. Bair also held executive positions at Rainbow Media, HBO, Showtime Networks and Ogilvy and Mather Advertising.
Harris joins Charter after 11 years with Cablevision where he served as Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel – Cable. In this role Harris oversaw all legal matters relating to programming, product, sales and marketing. Throughout his tenure with Cablevision, Harris advised the Company on copyright issues, privacy and data security, trademark, terms of service matters, and retransmission consent. He also managed cable and marketing-related litigation, including copyright and anti-trust cases. Prior to joining Cablevision, Harris served as general counsel to the financial start-up WOTN, LLC, providing guidance on all aspects of business strategy and planning, including corporate structure and raising capital. Before WOTN, Harris served as an associate at both Arnold & Porter and Sullivan & Cromwell.
Bair graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Communications, and is a recipient of the university's Distinguished Alumni Award. Harris completed his B.A. in history at Vassar in 1989. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan's law school in 1992 as a member of the Order of the Coif.
Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR) is a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including Spectrum TV™ video entertainment programming, Spectrum Internet™ access, and Spectrum Voice™. Spectrum Business™ similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Spectrum Reach™ brand. More information about Charter can be found at charter.com.