Smit, a rising star who joined Comcast from Charter Communications Inc. in March 2010, is responsible for all aspects of the company's cable TV and high-speed Internet delivery systems. He previously had served as president of Comcast Cable. He continues to report to Comcast Corp. chief executive Brian L. Roberts.
Smit served as Charter Communications CEO from 2005 to 2010. Before that, he was in charge of Time Warner’s America Online, CompuServe and Netscape Internet service. Before his civilian career, he served for 5 1/2 years on active duty with the Navy SEALs. He retired from the service in the 1980s as a lieutenant commander.
Neil Smit was elected a director and President and Chief Executive Officer of Charter in August 2005. He had previously worked at Time Warner, Inc. since 2000, most recently serving as the President of Time Warner's America Online Access Business. He also served at America Online ("AOL") as Executive Vice President, Member Development, Chief Operating Officer of AOL Local and Chief Operating Officer of MapQuest. Prior to that he was a Regional President with Nabisco and was with Pillsbury in a number of management positions. Mr. Smit has a B.S. degree from Duke University and a M.A. degree with a focus in international business from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.more » « less