With a goal to focus on emerging technologies, Yvette Gordon-Kanouff took the gavel yesterday as the first woman elected to chair the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers' executive board.

The senior vice president of strategic planning at SeaChange International Inc., Gordon-Kanouff says SCTE's role in emerging technology for the cable industry is growing, and through educational events, specifications and certification programs "we will continue that," she said. "I think that's what our members want."

Meanwhile, the board also put the finishing touches on the charter for the SCTE Foundation. In planning for more than a year, the nonprofit foundation will support educational and assistance programs, supply research and information on cable telecommunications technology and preserve SCTE history.

"It's pretty exciting," Gordon-Kanouff said. "We have been talking about it for a long time."

The board has appointed the initial set of the foundation board of directors, including Keith Hayes of Adelphia Communications to a four-year term; Bob Macioch of Time Warner Cable's Southwest division to a 2-year term; SCTE Scholarship Subcommittee Chair Mike Phebus of NCTI to a 3-year term; and SCTE President and CEO John Clark to a 4-year term. Others board members are expected to be named by the end of the year, and following that a program plan will be developed.

The SCTE board also made its own executive leadership appointments for 2005, including Region 5 director Vicki Marts of Cox Communications Inc. as Western vice chairwoman. In that position she will preside over board meetings when Gordon-Kanouff is not available.

Other appointments included Bob Foote of ARRIS, Eastern vice chairman; Tom Maguire of CommScope, secretary; and Bob Macioch of Time Warner Cable's Southwest division, treasurer. Time Warner Cable's Steve Johnson was also elected to a term as an additional executive committee member.