Comcast Beefs Up DC Team

National Cable and Telecommunications Association president and CEO Kyle McSlarrow will leave to become president of Comcast’s Washington policy and government affairs office, a newly-created position in which he will oversee regulatory and congressional strategy.  Citing McSlarrow’s interests in “technology, new product development, and customer service,” Comcast CEO Brian Roberts says McSlarrow “brings a terrific mix of business skills and broad management capabilities to our cable operations.”

McSlarrow is said to be a staunch opponent of net neutrality, another plus for Comcast, which has been embroiled in a fight with the FCC over the divisive issue.  He has also Payday Loans fought against a la carte channel pricing, from which the company would also benefit.

The cable giant has also promoted its two top lobbyists, who were both instrumental in finalizing the company’s NBC Universal acquisition earlier this year.

Kathy Zachem, who has led the firm’s regulatory efforts since 2008, will become the senior vice president of regulatory and state legislative affairs.  Melissa Maxfield is the new senior vice president of congressional and federal government affairs, a position from which she will congressional lobbying and some Executive Branch contacts, particularly as it relates to the White House and Commerce Department.

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