Leadership > Charles Schueler
Executive Vice President, Media and Community Relations
As executive vice president of media and community relations for Cablevision Systems Corporation, Charles Schueler directs communications activities across all of the company's media and telecommunications businesses. He also oversees Cablevision's extensive philanthropic efforts and community affairs initiatives.
A 25-year Cablevision veteran, Mr. Schueler serves as the company's chief communications officer as well as the primary spokesperson for the entire corporation, responsible for communications about Cablevision's corporate strategy, financial performance and significant business developments.
In this role, Mr. Schueler oversees all communications activities for Cablevision's Optimum-branded digital video, voice and high-speed Internet services; Cablevision's Local Media group, which consists of Newsday Media Group and News 12 Networks. He has led media relations for important cable initiatives such as the launch of the Optimum App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch; the introduction of Cablevision's groundbreaking "Triple Play" offer for its Optimum-branded services; the company's efforts to ensure fair competition in its marketplace; and the launch of Optimum WiFi wireless Internet access.
Mr. Schueler also presides over Cablevision's community affairs and the company's larger philanthropic programs as well. These include Cablevision's partnership with The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation's leading private supporter of pancreatic cancer research. In support of this partnership, Mr. Schueler directs both the curePC campaign, which aims to increase public awareness of the disease, and the Foundation's biggest annual fundraiser, the Holiday Rock & Roll Bash, which has generated nearly $15 million for pancreatic cancer research since its inception in 2001.
In addition, Mr. Schueler is responsible for raising awareness of Cablevision's nationally recognized education initiative, Power to Learn, which provides state-of-the-art telecommunications services and multimedia educational content at no charge to schools and libraries across the company's service area. For the past nine years, he has directed Cablevision's community-focused editorials, which are cablecast on News 12 Long Island, one of the company's seven exclusive, local news networks.
Mr. Schueler joined Cablevision in 1988 as director of public affairs for its former Boston cable system. Moving to New York in 1994, he was appointed vice president of community affairs in Cablevision's corporate communications group, and in the following year, his responsibilities were increased to include the oversight of all communications and media relations activities for the company. In 2001, Mr. Schueler was named senior vice president, media and community relations, eventually adding to his responsibilities oversight of communications for The Madison Square Garden Company and AMC Networks (formerly known as Rainbow Media Holdings), both of which are now standalone, public companies. He was named executive vice president in 2010. Before joining Cablevision, Mr. Schueler was a speechwriter for the mayor of Boston. He also served as a campaign aide and special assistant in the Senate office of U.S. Senator. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.).
Mr. Schueler serves on the board of directors of The Lustgarten Foundation and the Emma L. Bowen Foundation, the media industry's internship program for minority students. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He currently resides in New York City.