Insight CTO Dietz to retire

Thu, 01/03/2008 - 8:10am
Brian Santo

Charlie Dietz, who has run technical operations for Insight Communications since signing on with the company in 1996, will retire effective Jan. 11. Dietz joined Insight as VP of engineering and had been CTO since 2001.

Insight provided no information on succession.

“Charlie and I first started working together back in 1973 at Vision Cable when I was a college intern and he was climbing poles,” said Insight CEO and Vice Chairman Michael Willner. “Since then, both the industry and Charlie have come a very long way. Charlie has been instrumental in our ability to achieve some of our most remarkable successes over the past decade. It was Charlie who rebuilt our systems, it was Charlie who tied disparate technologies together as we acquired more cable systems, and it was Charlie who spearheaded our early technical efforts to diversify our product offering and enable us to offer our three-product bundle. He will be sorely missed.”

Dietz led the company’s pioneering move into VOD and interactive TV (iTV) services – in partnership with Source Media and Diva in 1999 in Rockford, Ill., according to Insight. He also spearheaded the company’s launch of phone services in 2000, making Insight one of the first MSOs to provide circuit-switched phone, as well as making it one of the first cable companies to commercially deploy the triple-play bundle – video, telephony and high-speed data.

Dietz was credited with getting Insight back into data services within three months when @Home went out of business in 2002.

Dietz’s first job out of college in 1969 was with Vision Cable Communications in New Jersey; Vision was later acquired by Newhouse. At Vision, Dietz eventually rose to VP of operations.

Willner had earlier left Vision to co-found Insight, and when Insight’s chief of engineering decided to retire, Willner hired Dietz.

Insight and Comcast announced Wednesday the completion of the previously announced agreement to divide the Insight Midwest partnership in which each party held a 50 percent interest.

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