As The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, there’s a new captain at the helm. After a six-month search, the SCTE announced today that former Cedar Point executive Mark Dzuban has been named as its new president and CEO.
Dzuban will start his new job on Feb. 2.
Dzuban takes over the top position from Marv Nelson, who was serving as the SCTE’s interim president and CEO after John Clark’s contract wasn’t renewed in July by the board of directors (story here). The SCTE said the search for Clark’s replacement encompassed nearly 100 candidates before Dzuban was selected.
“Mark owns a vision for taking SCTE to the forefront of engineering and technology for the cable industry,” said SCTE Board of Directors Chairman Tom Gorman. “He is resolved to address the needs of all levels of engineering – from installer to switched digital video engineer, and from plant manager to Internet engineer. He is a great fit for his new position and will get SCTE well on its way to another successful 40-plus years of service.”
In contrast to Clark, who was the SCTE’s president and CEO since 1998, the SCTE gains a leader with hands-on cable engineering experience with the appointment of Dzuban.
Yvette Kanouff, who is SeaChange International’s chief strategy officer and a past SCTE board member, was part of the search committee and is currently on the SCTE’s Planning Committee.
“Mark will be a great leader for the SCTE,” Kanouff said via e-mail to CED. “He has a healthy respect for what the SCTE has accomplished, and the right vision for where we need to go. Mark wants to take the SCTE to the next level of industry-leading standards and technology collaboration. I look forward to working with him.”
Dzuban, a 41-year cable industry veteran, was vice chairman and executive vice president at Cedar Point after he began work there in 2001. During his stint at Cedar Point, Dzuban pioneered the development of cable telephony switching technology from concept to nearly 5 million lines deployed, according to the SCTE.
He started his cable career in 1968 as a design engineer for Vikoa, a manufacturer of cable network passive and active technologies. Dzuban spent nine years in manufacturing, supporting product design, sales and marketing for the worldwide deployment of cable technology.
Before joining AT&T, he was vice president of engineering/CTO of Cross Country Cable, located in Warren, N.J., for nearly 12 years. He was responsible for franchising and the engineering and construction of more than 30 franchises in the United States, Puerto Rico, Ireland, England, Taiwan and Spain.
Dzuban went to work for AT&T in 1991 and stayed there until 2000. His first role at AT&T was as a member of the Bell Labs Technical Staff. He was the Bell Labs representative to CableLabs from 1992 to 1997.
As senior vice president of telephony engineering and operations for AT&T Broadband, he was responsible for AT&T Broadband telephony service implementation in the merged TCI/Media One Systems.
Prior to that role, Dzuban served as division manager of the AT&T Corporate Business Development Engineering Group, where he developed commercial HFC telephony capabilities for AT&T, supported merger negotiations and represented AT&T at CableLabs.
He was the first employee of the AT&T Broadband Enterprise and also served as chief technical counsel for the AT&T/TCI Merger. During that time, he was responsible for two AT&T patents. At the AT&T Bell Labs Consumer business unit, he was the subject matter expert in cable technology, driving the development of telephony, video telephony and data on cable.
Dzuban was also founder and president of Hatteras House Consulting.
Dzuban described his work ethic as “Smart engineering,” which is engineering skills combined with good business tools and awareness of total cost of ownership and operations efficiency. His background also included working for start-up ventures to build new, or realign existing, networks to compete in the marketplace.
For its 40th anniversary this year, the SCTE said this week that it will sponsor a yearlong celebration. The anniversary celebration, which is based upon the theme of “The best is yet to be,” features a monthly trivia contest with gift card prizes, sponsored by Irdeto, a Commemorative Salute DVD, sponsored by Multilink Broadband, history and heritage photos and stories, among other items and events.
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