Cablevision Confirms Hiring Of Kanouff

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Cablevision Systems confirmed Monday that it has hired Yvette Kanouff, formerly president of SeaChange International, as executive vice president of engineering, software design, as reported earlier by Multichannel News.

Kanouff, whose appointment is effective immediately, will report to both Wilt Hildenbrand, Cablevision's senior advisor of engineering and technology, and James Blackley, executive vice president of corporate engineering and technology.

Cablevision said that Kanouff will play a critical role in the development of new consumer-facing technologies.

"Yvette is a skilled and well-regarded executive who will help deliver Cablevision's next-generation technologies to our customers across a wide variety of platforms," Hildenbrand and Blackley said in a joint statement sent to reporters. "She is no stranger to our business, as Yvette has been the driving force behind many of the industry's most important technological advances. Her expertise will help to ensure that Cablevision remains well-positioned as an industry leader in a competitive marketplace."

Kanouff left SeaChange last month, with the company saying it was eliminating her position for cost reasons. She had risen through the ranks at the video-on-demand and advertising systems vendor, after joining SeaChange in 1997.

Kanouff, well known in cable technology circles, was elected the first woman chair of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers in 2005.

Prior to SeaChange, Kanouff was director of interactive technologies for Time Warner Cable and worked as a signal-processing mathematician at Lockheed Martin. She is a member of Multichannel News' Wonder Women class of 2001.

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