One of the cable industry's top engineers is preparing to go part-time. David Fellows, the chief technology officer of Comcast Corp., will move into an "Executive Fellow" role with the MSO starting in January 2007.
Although Fellows will reduce his workload at Comcast, he will continue to influence the MSO's technical plans as well as those of the industry.
"I have been traveling four or five days a week for almost five years and the time has come to transition into a new relationship with Comcast," he said, in a statement. "In this time, we have created a national IP platform that enables all services to flow through our Converged Regional Area Networks, connected by a common backbone, with a common provisioning system. The foundation for the next few years of growth is laid."
Fellows joined Comcast in 2002. Prior to a string of cable MSO consolidation moves, he also served as CTO or in top engineering slots at AT&T Broadband and held similar roles at MediaOne Group, Road Runner and Continental Cablevision. CED named Fellows "Man of the Year" in its January 1997 issue.
The move marks the second significant one in recent weeks among top industry CTOs. In March, Charter Communications appointed current Adelphia CTO Marwan Fawaz to the post of EVP and CTO. His appointment coincides with the recent departure of Charter CTO and EVP Wayne Davis.