Head Of ADB's U.S. Cable Group Departs


As part of an overhaul of its U.S. operations, Switzerland-based set-top maker Advanced Digital Broadcast said Tim Schermerhorn, senior vice president and general manager for its Americas cable business unit, has left the company.

Schermerhorn's departure was reported Monday by Light Reading.

"Tim Schermerhorn is in the process of leaving us as a part of the restructuring we're doing," ADB senior vice president of investor relations and corporate communications Tina Nyfors said in an e-mail.

It isn't immediately clear who is heading up ADB's U.S. efforts. Chris Dinallo, former vice president of technology for Pace Americas who joined ADB's U.S. cable team in late 2009 as vice president of product management, confirmed via e-mail that he is still with ADB. 

Schermerhorn joined ADB in May 2008. Previously he worked for Motorola, most recently as senior director of the company's professional services business, as well as General Instrument and Cable & Wireless. 

Meanwhile, ADB also has shut down the Broomfield, Colo.-based office of Vidiom Systems, its interactive TV software development unit, "after shifting most of the resources to other business units during the course of previous year," Nyfors said. ADB bought Vidiom in 2005; in 2008, Vidiom's two founders formed EnableTV after purchasing key assets from Vidiom and ADB.

According to Nyfors, overall, ADB has actually increased the resources committed to the U.S. cable market with employees both in U.S. and some in Eastern Europe. She said ADB does not disclose specific numbers for personnel for each business unit.