Time Warner Cable has promoted Mike LaJoie to chief technology officer, a position that has remained unfilled for more than two years.
LaJoie had been serving as the MSO's executive vice president of advanced technology since August 2002. He has played a key role in Time Warner Cable's rollout of advanced services such as video-on-demand, high-definition television and set-top based digital video recording. Because of those efforts, CED honored LaJoie–along with TWC Senior Vice President of Advanced Engineering and Subscriber Technologies Mike Hayashi and Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development Kevin Leddy–as the magazine's "Men of the Year" in the January 2004 issue.
In his new role, LaJoie will guide the development of all Time Warner Cable products, and continue to evolve the MSO's digital platform and underlying infrastructure.
He also has some big shoes to fill. The last person to hold the traditional CTO distinction at Time Warner Cable was well-respected industry vet Jim Chiddix, who most recently served as president of Time Warner Inc.'s Interactive Personal Video Group, which initially was in charge of the company's secretive MystroTV project. Time Warner Cable assumed control of the IPVG unit and MystroTV effort last November. Chiddix now consults to TWC.