This is a surprise. Kyle McSlarrow, a longtime political operative in Washington, will relocate to Salt Lake City to serve as a Regional VP overseeing Comcast‘s cable operations in Utah and Arizona. He’ll report to Steve White, President of Comcast Cable’s West Division. “We’re delighted Kyle will now be turning all of his attention to our business operations which has been a goal of his since he came to Comcast,” says company EVP David Cohen. Maybe so, but it sure wasn’t evident from McSlarrow’s DC activities. He joined Comcast in April 2011 with the fancy title of President, Comcast/NBC Universal, Washington, D.C., where he reported to Cohen and oversaw public policy matters. That followed six years as CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, making him the industry’s top lobbyist. Lately he’s been an informal adviser to Mitt Romney on energy and telecommunications issues — giving rise to speculation that he’d be in line for an FCC appointment if the GOP presidential candidate wins. Previously, McSlarrow had been Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Energy Department, VP of Political and Government Affairs for Grassroots.com, National Chairman for the Quayle 2000 Presidential Campaign, Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell and Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel for Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott.
Comcast has been beefing up its lobbying operation since it took control of NBCUniversal. Last year it hired former FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker to be SVP of NBCU government affairs, and highly regarded policy analyst Rebecca Arbogast to be VP of Global Public Policy. And this past January the company created a Legal Regulatory Group headed by Lynn Charytan, VP of Legal Regulatory Affairs.