Charter Communications hires Mitchko as its new CTO

Charter Communications hires former Cablevision exec as its new chief technology officer. (Charter)

Charter Communications has hired Stephanie Mitchko as its executive vice president and chief technology officer. Mitchko takes over the CTO mantle from Jay Rolls, who retired this past spring. Mitchko's hiring also reunites her with Charter CEO Tom Rutledge after both previously worked at Cablevision.

Mitchko will oversee Charter's network, mobile, video and software engineering teams, as well as Charter's network architecture, technology policy, and emerging technology organizations.

Mitchko, who will have offices in both Denver and Charter's headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, will report to Rich DiGeronimo, chief product and technology officer for Charter. DiGeronimo added technology officer to his title in June.

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Mitchko joins Charter from data-driven advertising vendor Cadent. At Cadent, Mitchko served as joint CTO and chief operating officer. As the leader of the operations and IT teams, she oversaw the day-to-day operations as well as the development and execution of the company's strategic initiatives. She was also in charge of overseeing all technical strategy and development of Cadent's proprietary media planning platform.

Mitchko was senior vice president of video infrastructure software at Cablevision. During her more than 15 years at Cablevision, Mitchko was responsible for the software development of new consumer-facing technologies including its remote storage DVR offering. Following the exodus of Rutledge and other top executives, Mitchko left Cablevision in 2014.

Mitchko holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University in New York.  She teaches as a guest lecturer at NYU Stern School of Business and is a member of the NYU Poly Enterprise Learning Board. Mitchko has also been active in the Women in Cable Telecommunications non-profit organization.