Charter's Allen still smitten with Smit


Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen continues to be happy with the performance of Charter Communications and its president and CEO Neil Smit, who has focused on boosting the cable operator's financial growth and customer service.

Under chairman and controlling shareholder Allen, Charter often has switched CEOs. Industry veterans Carl Vogel and Jerry Kent are among the Charter CEO alumni.

But at Charter's annual meeting Tuesday, the digital pioneer heaped praise on his team.

"I am very pleased with Charter's performance in 2007, from both a financial and operational perspective," Allen said. "Charter is clearly on a path of growth."

Smit, who took his job in August 2005, said, "We remain optimistic about the future for Charter and the cable industry overall."

Smit called 2007 "a successful year" for Charter, highlighting double-digit revenue and adjusted operating-cash-flow growth in each quarter on a pro forma basis. (partialdiff)