Broadband Briefs for 10/30/09

Fri, 10/30/2009 - 8:00am

BigBand seats new board member
By Brian Santo

Dennis Wolf has joined BigBand Networks’ board of directors. Wolf most recently served as executive vice president and CFO at MySQL, which ultimately was sold to Sun Microsystems for $1 billion. Prior to that he served in various executive positions at several public companies including Centigram Communications, Credence Systems, Omnicell, and Redback Networks. He has also served in financial management roles at Apple and Sun Microsystems.

Mr. Wolf currently serves on the Board of Directors of Codexis and Quantum Communication.

“We welcome Dennis to our Board of Directors at BigBand. His strong financial and operational experience and leadership in the technology industry will provide invaluable perspective to our business and strategic focus in digital video networking,” said Amir Bassan-Eskenazi, President and Chief Executive Officer of BigBand Networks. “This is an exciting time of technology innovation and change, and the addition of Dennis will contribute to our ability to rapidly respond to the market as we position for long-term success.”

SCTE Foundation elects board
By Brian Santo

Keith Hayes of Charter Communications was re-elected as president of the SCTE Foundation. He will be joined this year on the Foundation’s board by Jim Hughes of CommScope, who was elected as vice president, Mike Phebus of Jones/NCTI who was re-elected as secretary, and Bob Macioch of BSI Inc., who was elected as treasurer.

The SCTE Foundation Board of Directors were elected at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo®2009 in Denver on Thursday.

Macioch is now a member of the SCTE Foundation board by virtue of his election Tuesday as treasurer of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Board of Directors. Macioch, who previously has served on the SCTE Foundation board, including the role of treasurer, is the Region 4 Director on the SCTE Board of Directors. He also has previously served as treasurer on the SCTE Board of Directors.

The SCTE Foundation also announced that it recently provided a major grant to SCTE member Robert Dignum of Yelm, Wash. An SCTE member since 2005, Dignum is a video engineer and currently in transition. He is applying his major grant toward a seven-day onsite boot camp for a Cisco Triple Certification Program (CCENT, CCNA & CCDA).

The SCTE Foundation was established by the SCTE Board of Directors in 2005 and began issuing grants in 2006. The Foundation has helped numerous SCTE members by distributing grants totaling almost $142,000.

More Broadband Direct 10/30/09:
•  CableLabs circulates RFI for "TV Everywhere" systems
•  Cox, Comcast negotiating big content deals
•  Pacesetters honor engineers from Bresnan, Bright House, Comcast, TWC
•  Kudelski Group sends letter to OpenTV shareholders
•  Droid Navigates Early Sale via Best Buy Mobile
•  Google Responds to FCC Inquiry into Google Voice
•  Broadband Briefs for 10/30/09



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