Currently alive, at 55 years of age.
David G. Ellen is currently the Senior Executive Vice President of Charter Communications.
David Ellen’s illustrious career began at illustrious colleges. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard Law School, followed by a Master’s Degree from the University of Cambridge. He was President of the Harvard Law Review and a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University.
After his collegiate success, David served as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Breyer and Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg, as well as for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. In 1995, David was a special counsel at the Federal Communications Commission. At the FCC, David played a significant role in the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1966; it was the first step that led him to his 20+ year career in the telecommunications and cable industry.
In 1997, David Ellen joined the private sector as counsel for Cablevision Systems Corp. From March 2000 to June 2001, David worked as general counsel for Eureka Broadband Corp, a private telecommunications company based in New York. He then went on to hold executive positions as Deputy General Counsel for the multi-brand media and Internet company IAC, which includes USA Interactive, InterActiveCorp., and IAC/InterActiveCorp.
In 2004, David Ellen left IAC and joined the Cablevision Systems Corp team. He excelled at his role as General Counsel for Cable Business for five years. Then, in 2009, he was given the additional title of Executive Vice President. He earned yet another title of Secretary of Cablevision at the end of 2013. He served under all three titles for another three years.
While at Cablevision, Ellen was a member of the senior executive leadership team. This team had a wide range of responsibilities. In short, they were to guide the CEO in all aspects of the business. As the role of General Counsel on this team, David worked closely with engineers and product developers on many different projects.
David Ellen is known for his superior legal defense skills and advocacy. One of his greatest successes was his legal defense of Cablevision’s cloud-based DVR product. He is also recognized for his strong legal strategy that supported the rollout of in-home streaming of Cablevision’s entire cable service to IP-enabled devices. David was also a strong legal proponent for the use of local and regional content as a way to differentiate products in the competitive market.
David G. Ellen made a name for himself during the twelve years he worked with Cablevision. Charter Communications became familiar with his name and added it to their own list of executives in the summer of 2016.
As Senior Executive Vice President of Charter Communications (Spectrum), David. G Ellen oversees another wide range of corporate functions, including Programming, News & Sports Networks, Strategic Policy Development, Regulatory Compliance, Human Resources, Communications, and Security. As a testament to his legal background, David also provides legal support for Programming, News & Sports Networks, Product, Strategic Policy Development, and Labor Relations.
He works alongside Charter Communications’ Chairman and CEO, Thomas M. Rutledge and President and COO, John Bickham.