BigBand Splits CEO, Chairman Roles

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REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. — Digital
video equipment provider
BigBand Networks said chief
operating officer David Heard
and sales chief Sean Rooney
had resigned and that CEO
Amir Bassan-Eskenazi is stepping
down as chairman in favor
of cable veteran Mike Pohl.

“Having an independent
chairman elevates our governance
structure to ‘best
practices,’ which is critical in
today’s business environment,”
Bassan-Eskenazi, who remains
CEO, said in a statement. “Mike
brings an immense wealth of
experience in guiding companies
through their critical
growth cycles, and we are
delighted that he has accepted
this important role.”

The changes “are designed
to ensure the company is even
more agile in the execution
of its strategy for sustained
growth in digital video networking,”
BigBand said.

BigBand is the leading provider
of switched digital video
systems, with deployments
or planned deployments representing
33 million homes
passed. But it has struggled
to maintain profitability, with
2009 sales falling 25%, and
some analysts have suggested
the SDV market has limited future
growth potential.

The Redwood City, Calif.-
based firm said Ray Fitzgerald
has been promoted to vice
president of worldwide cable
sales and Wayne Gaudette will
continue as VP of telco sales,
reporting to Bassan-Eskenazi.

Pohl joined the BigBand
board in April 2009. The former
Arris executive is CEO of Jinni,
an Israel-based startup that has
developed a “mood-based”
discovery system for movies
and TV shows.

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