This is a surprise. Kyle McSlarrow, a longtime political operative in Washington, will relocate to Salt Lake City to serve as a Regional VP overseeing Comcast‘s cable operations in Utah and Arizona. He’ll report to Steve White, President of Comcast Cable’s West Division. “We’re delighted Kyle will now be turning all of his attention to our business operations which has been a goal of his since he came to Comcast,” says company EVP David Cohen. Maybe so, but it sure wasn’t evident from McSlarrow’s DC activities. He joined Comcast in April 2011 with the fancy title of President, Comcast/NBC Universal, Washington, D.C., where he reported to Cohen and oversaw public policy matters. That followed six years as CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, making him the industry’s top lobbyist. Lately he’s been an informal adviser to Mitt Romney on energy and telecommunications issues — giving rise to speculation that he’d be in line for an FCC appointment if the GOP presidential candidate wins. Previously, McSlarrow had been Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Energy Department, VP of Political and Government Affairs for Grassroots.com, National Chairman for the Quayle 2000 Presidential Campaign, Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell and Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel for Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott.
Comcast just made a major addition to its Washington-based public policy operation by snagging one of Wall Street’s more highly regarded analysts, Stifel Financial’s Rebecca Arbogast. A specialist on legal and regulatory matters, on Sept. 19 Arbogast will become VP Global Public Policy, where she’ll help to shape all of Comcast’s public policy initiatives. She’ll report to Kyle McSlarrow, the former head of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association lobby group who’s now president of Comcast/NBCUniversal for Washington, DC. Before joining Stifel, Arbogast worked at Legg Mason’s Capital Markets Group and was chief of the FCC’s International Bureau Telecommunications Division. The Yale Law School grad also served in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel after beginning her career as a corporate attorney with Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering.
Now we know why Michael Powell never met a media merger he didn’t like. The chairman of the FCC under George W. Bush (and son of Colin Powell) replaces Kyle McSlarrow at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. McSlarrow last week left the trade group to became Comcast’s man in Washington. From the release:
As CEO for NCTA, Powell will serve as the cable industry’s leading advocate, spokesman, and representative in its relationship with the U.S. Congress, the Administration, the FCC, and other federal agencies. He will also manage the staff, programs, and initiatives of the Association. And, he will serve as an important strategic voice on the direction of the industry. Powell currently is a senior advisor with Providence Equity Partners and Honorary Co-Chair of Broadband for America. He begins his tenure at NCTA on April 25.
PHILADELPHIA (March 9) — Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), today announced that Kyle McSlarrow will join the company in early April as President, Comcast/NBC Universal, Washington, D.C. Mr. McSlarrow will have dual responsibilities in business operations and public policy in Washington, D.C. On the operations side, Mr. McSlarrow will help lead the company’s efforts in the Washington metropolitan area around the customer experience and product development. In addition, Mr. McSlarrow will participate in national efforts to improve the customer experience and will help lead strategic planning around the extension of Comcast Business Services at the federal and state government levels. Mr. McSlarrow also will lead Comcast’s public policy office in Washington, D.C.
He will report to David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation, and work closely with Neil Smit, President of Comcast Cable, and Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal, and their senior teams.