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Xtend subtracts, shuffles, and adds execs

Thu, 11/03/2005 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

Xtend Networks made several personnel moves this week, including the resignation of its CEO, and the addition of a former Charter Communications executive.

Xtend said CEO Bill Keating has resigned, but will stay on as a consultant. Davidi Gilo, the chairman & CEO of Xtend parent company Vyyo Inc., will assume Keating's responsibilities as Xtend's CEO.

Meanwhile, Steve Santamaria has joined the company as senior vice president and general manager, commercial services. Santamaria, the 2005 CED Pacesetter Award winner in commercial services and late of Charter as its VP of management service, will head up sales and development of Xtend's commercial product line, including its T-1 over coax, wireless T-1 and T-1 cellular backhaul gear.

"The low jitter and low latency of Xtend's DOCSIS-based products enable the cable industry for the first time to deploy true telecom-quality T-1 services over existing coax or wireless.

"A critical need for cable system operators entering the commercial services sector has been the availability of high-quality, highly-reliable solutions that utilize existing cable infrastructure and established cable protocols," Santamaria said, in a release.

Before Charter, Santamaria was the president & CEO of Last Mile Communications/Netbeam Inc. Before that, he was with MSOs such as Tele-Communications Inc., Group W Cable, United Cable Direct Inc., and United Artist/Daniels Cable Television Companies.

In other moves, Xtend promoted Avner Kol to COO, and appointed Al Johnson to take up the day-to-day responsibility for the vendor's 3 GHz bandwidth expansion product line for the residential market.

Kol most recently was general manager of Xtend's T-1 business unit. Johnson is a former director of technology for Cablevision Systems Corp.

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