Dick Green will be retiring from his positions as CEO and president of CableLabs when his contract expires in December 2009.

Dr. Richard Green informed the CableLabs executive committee last week in New York about his decision to step down as CEO. The executive committee has started a search for Green’s replacement and hopes to “complete an orderly transition prior to Green’s departure,” CableLabs said in a press release.

CableLabs spokesman Mike Schwartz said Green will continue to serve in an advisory role to CableLabs, both during the search for his replacement and afterwards.

“The entire industry is indebted to Dick for building and managing one of the most successful development laboratories in the country. CableLabs has and will continue to play a critical role in our industry’s success,” said Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast Corp. and chairman of the CableLabs Board of Directors.

Green’s decision ends a 20-year run as the first and only CEO of CableLabs, which was formed in 1988 by members of the cable television industry.

“For 20 years, Dick’s passion and commitment have driven product innovations for our customers, and his vision and leadership at CableLabs have created business opportunities for our industry,” said Marwan Fawaz, Charter’s executive vice president and CTO, in an e-mail to CED. “What a wonderful career, what an incredible legacy.”

In 1999, Green received National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s Vanguard Award, one of the cable television industry's highest awards, for his achievements in technological development.

Before joining CableLabs, he worked for three major television networks: PBS, CBS and ABC. Prior to becoming president of CableLabs, he was senior vice president of broadcast operations and engineering at PBS, where his contributions included construction of national network origination and transmission facilities.

He managed ABC's Videotape Post-Production department and has done basic research in laser technology for the Hughes Aircraft Company.

Green was actively involved in forming and participating on standards-setting organizations for the cable and television industries. He helped organize and establish the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC).

He also chaired the committee that eventually developed CCIR (now ITU-R) Recommendation 601, a worldwide television standard for digital signals. Currently, he is vice chairman of SG9, an ITU-T committee charged with the responsibility of recommending worldwide standards for cable television.

Green holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Washington, an M.S. in Physics from the State University of New York in Albany, as well as a B.S. from Colorado College.

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