The Cable Center president and chief executive officer Larry Satkowiak will retire at the end of the year after 12 years, the Denver-based nonprofit organization said. A former longtime teacher, he joined the center's staff in late 2003 as chief financial officer and became president and CEO in 2005 at the request of Bill Bresnan.
Jerry Kent, chairman and CEO of Suddenlink Communications and board chairman at The Cable Center, said in a release: "Larry's contributions to The Cable Center’s success cannot be overstated. During his 12 years in cable, he has gained the respect and admiration of leaders in all sectors of the industry. The Cable Center’s research, programs and partnerships created during his tenure, will leave a legacy that will benefit the industry for a very long time.”
The Cable Center redefined its mission and core focus under Satkowiak, creating a five-year strategic plan to reorganize The Cable Center, ensuring that the center’s programs and services were cost effective, efficient and valuable to the industry, the center said. Satkowiak said in the release he was most proud of the development of the center’s programs, financial stability, the growth of the Hauser Oral History Collection and his book, published by The Cable Center, The Cable Industry: A Short History Through Three Generations. It was given as a free token to INTX convention attendees in Chicago in May. “I am confident that The Cable Center will have a very bright future,” he said in the release. “I am thankful for our amazing staff and incredible board, all of whom are the top leaders in the industry. In addition, I have been very fortunate to work with three chairs of our board whom I consider the best in the business – Bill Bresnan, Michael Willner and Jerry Kent. They have all provided leadership, vision, guidance and friendship.”
He said he is looking forward to devoting more time to serving on nonprofit boards in the areas of science and technology education. “It is a fascinating time for the industry. The cable industry changed the world in the last three generations, and there is great potential for continued technological, social and political implications in the next 10 years. We will all be amazed at the future.”
The Cable Center is the home of the Cable Hall of Fame and of the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources.