The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers formally adopted the bylaws that will lead to the reorganization of its board.
The SCTE announced in September its intention to reduce the number of its board members. In the final plan recently approved, fewer seats will be eliminated, and there will be greater regional representation than proposed four months ago.
The original proposal expected to reduce the board from 19 to 13 members, or possibly 12. That would have included five members drawn from the ranks of elected regional directors and eight who were to be appointed. The organization was looking to designate appointees drawn from the upper technical management ranks of MSOs.
The SCTE board comprises 12 elected regional directors, five elected directors-at-large and two appointed directors-at-large. The new plan is to reduce the board to 15 members, with eight representatives selected from among the organization's regional directors and seven nominated MSO executives.
Until November, the board will retain 19 members. From November 2011 to October 2012 and going forward, the BOD will have 15 members. The transitional policy will be terminated when the new board is seated immediately prior to SCTE's 2012 annual membership meeting at the 2012 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando. All current board members and officers will finish out their terms during this transition, according to the SCTE.
"As our industry has evolved, it has become clear that SCTE's membership in general can benefit most greatly when the board has close working relationships with executives of the operator community," said Bob Foote, chairman of the SCTE board of directors and vice president of sales for major markets at TriNet Communications. "The board believes these changes will enable increased operator, programmer and vendor support for the training, initiatives and events that will benefit SCTE members and the industry at large."
"Throughout my career, I've seen firsthand how SCTE's programs have benefited every level of membership," said Terry Cordova, CTO of Suddenlink. "Today, in a very competitive environment, we face incredible challenges adapting to new technology, and I believe that an SCTE board that has a supportive and positive working relationship with its members and their companies will best serve those members' needs in the future."