Kyle McSlarrow, who announced plans last fall to step down from his posts as president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), confirmed this week that he will join Comcast-NBC Universal (NBCU) in April as president of the venture’s public policy office in Washington. McSlarrow, who has led NCTA since 2005, was praised by NCTA Chairman and Cox Communications president Patrick Essar for his “energetic and creative approach to public policy issues, ability to work collaboratively . . . and optimistic vision of our industry’s contribution to the good of the nation.” Essar also noted that James Assey, the executive vice president of NCTA, will manage the trade group on an interim basis until a successor to McSlarrow is found. At Comcast-NBCU, McSlarrow will head up the venture’s public policy efforts and will also work on operational strategies, both within the Washington, D.C. market and nationally, that are aimed at improving customer experience. McSlarrow will also lead strategic planning for marketing Comcast Business Services to federal and state government customers. Describing McSlarrow as “a tremendous leader and tireless advocate for the cable and media industry,” Comcast CEO Brian Roberts proclaimed that McSlarrow’s “interests in technology, new product development, and customer service will be a real asset to our Washington, D.C. area operations.”