FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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WALT BAUM NAMED PRESIDENT OF THE TEXAS CABLE ASSOCIATION
Public policy veteran has a background in telecommunications, utility issues
Walt Baum has been named president of the Texas Cable Association (TCA) after a search by the TCA Board of Directors. Baum will take the helm at TCA on Sept. 17. He most recently has been executive director of the Texas Public Power Association (TPPA) since December 2015.
“Walt brings to the Texas Cable Association an ideal combination of association leadership, public policy experience and a deep knowledge of utility and telecommunications issues,” said Jeff Burdett, chairman of the TCA Board of Directors and senior director, state government affairs, Charter Communications. “TCA is fortunate to have his guidance as the cable industry continues to evolve and as we prepare for the next legislative session.”
“The cable industry’s infrastructure investments and employees have a substantial impact on Texas’ economy,” Baum said. “I am excited about this opportunity to join a great team and work in this field.”
Baum has more than 20 years of experience managing the interactions between state government and industry and has led teams in the passage of multiple pieces of legislation that have defined the Texas electric market. Prior to TPPA, Walt served as executive vice president of the Association of Electric Companies Texas (AECT) and as chief clerk of the Texas House of Representatives State Affairs Committee, where he worked on telecommunications and utility issues.
A lifelong Texan, Baum is a native of Amarillo and holds a BA in economics from Austin College in Sherman. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Austin with their two teenage daughters.
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TCA (www.txcable.com) has been the primary trade organization for cable operators in Texas since 1960. Members include Altice USA, Cable One, Charter Communications, Comcast and Vyve Broadband. Follow TCA’s activities on Facebook (www.facebook.com/texascable) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/texascable).