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ACA President & CEO Matthew M. Polka Announces Two New Additions To ACA’s Board Of Directors

Knology's Boccucci, Mediacom's Larsen Round Out 16-Member Panel

PITTSBURGH, July 30, 2010 - American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka announced new additions to ACA's Board of Directors, who were ratified for approval at the panel's third-quarter meeting this week in Baltimore.

At the ACA Board meeting, Felix L. Boccucci, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Knology, Inc., and Thomas J. Larsen, Group Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs for Mediacom Communications Corp., were appointed to open seats on the ACA Board with terms ending in 2011.

"Felix and Tom bring enormous talent and diversity of experience to ACA's Board of Directors," Polka said. "I know both are committed to providing thoughtful advice and careful judgment that will enable the independent cable community to prosper in a challenging business and regulatory environment."

Larsen was elected to fill the ACA Board seat previously occupied by Calvin G. Craib, Mediacom's Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance and Business Development, "who will be greatly missed by our ACA Board," Polka said.  Knology joined ACA as a member earlier this year.

ACA's 16-member Board is headed by Chairman Steve Friedman and Vice Chairman James Bruder. Both were elected to new two-year terms this week. Friedman is Chief Operating Officer of Wave Broadband in Kirkland, Wash., and Bruder is CEO of Harron Communications in Frazer, Pa.

As previously announced, ACA's membership elected the following individuals to the ACA Board for three-year terms.

  • Colleen Abdoulah, Chairwoman & CEO of WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone, Englewood, Co.
  • Patricia Jo Boyers, President of Boycom, Poplar Bluff, Mo.
  • Martin Brophy, President and CEO, Shen-Heights TV, Shenandoah, Pa.
  • Robert Gessner, President of Massillon Cable TV, Massillon, Oh.

The ACA Board also selected its Executive Committee.  Selected were:

  • *Chairman, Steve Friedman
  • *Vice Chairman, James Bruder
  • *Treasurer, Martin Brophy
  • *Immediate Past Chairman, Patrick Knorr, COO, The World Company/Sunflower Broadband (Non-Voting)
  • #At-Large, Colleen Abdoulah
  • #At-Large, Terry Nidiffer, Vice President of Product Management, GCI

*Standing Position

#Through October 2011

As Treasurer, Brophy replaces ACA Board member and Treasurer, Dave Baum, of JetBroadband, who stepped down from ACA's Board to pursue other business opportunities. 

"Our entire Board, staff and membership thank Dave for his service, and we wish him the very best," said Polka.

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