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The Evolving World of Marwan Fawaz

4:15 PM -- It looks as if Marwan Fawaz's already-lengthy to-do list just got a tad longer.

Fawaz, Charter Communications Inc. 's chief technology officer since March 2006, has just added executive VP of operations to his title. While that generally means more responsibilities and (probably) more work, it specifically means he'll be charged with overseeing Charter's East and West operating groups, as well as customer care, human resources, and the "business intelligence group."

Oh, and he'll still be steering the MSO's tech agenda, and snapping up awards for his body of work along the way (he's to receive the 2010 Vanguard Award for Science & Technology at next week's Cable Show in Los Angeles). And this latest bump-up on ops may help pave the way for an even greater role at Charter sometime later.

His expansion of duties comes amid big changes atop Charter, which emerged from a Chapter 11 reorg last November. Former president and CEO Neil Smit recently left to become president of Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s cable unit, with Mike Lovett just named as Smit's permanent replacement. (See Smit Leaves Charter for Comcast and Charter Leaves Chapter 11 .)

We'll get a better fix on Charter's broader tech and ops plans Thursday, when the company discusses first-quarter results. (See Charter Posts Prelim Q1.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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