Jerald L. Kent
Chair of the Board, Chairman & CEO, Suddenlink Communications
Mr. Kent began his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen in 1979. He left to head up acquisitions and finance for an upstart cable company, Cencom Cable Associates, Inc. in 1983. He later became CFO of that company. Cencom grew by acquisition and eventually served 550,000 customers in the U.S. when it was sold in 1991.
After serving one year with the acquirer, Mr. Kent left and co-founded Charter Communications, Inc. in January of 1993. As President and CEO, he led the company to be one of the top 10 largest cable operators in the U.S., serving 1.3 million customers. In 1998, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen acquired Charter with Mr. Kent continuing as President and CEO. Charter subsequently grew to serve over 7 million customers as the nation's fourth largest cable company.
During Mr. Kent's tenure, Charter went public in what was then the third-largest IPO in U.S. history, became one of the largest issuers of high yield bonds in the world and consistently led the industry in superior operating results. From November of 1999 (the IPO date) until he left in September of 2001, Charter was the best performing public cable stock.
Mr. Kent serves on the executive committee and board of the National Cable Television Association and on the board of C-SPAN.
A native of St. Louis, Mr. Kent is very active in the community, including the Young President's Organization, is past chair and currently on the board of the Magic House Children's Museum, is past chair of the Annual Catholic Appeal, is Chairman of REJIS (the Regional Justice Information Systems) and is on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Washington University of St. Louis.