Sharon Smoley has left the government relations team at Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts to take over as the new state director for Charter Communications.

Charter Communications is the new entity created when Charter Spectrum completed its $71 billion acquisitions of Bright House Networks and Time Warner Cable earlier this summer. Smoley will be managing the newly-combined company’s Florida government affairs team, including some staying on from Bright House.

“We are excited to have Sharon come on board and we are looking forward to the positive impact she will have on our business,” Marva Johnson, vice president of state government affairs in the South Region for Charter Communications.

Disney has not yet replaced her.

Smoley currently serves as chair of the board of directors for the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce and serves as a board member of Business Force and the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association’s Political Action Committee.

She is a graduate of the Leadership Orlando, Leadership Osceola and Leadership West Orange programs. Sharon graduated with an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a major in political science and a minor in Hispanic studies.

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