The National Cable Television Cooperative named new board leadership Tuesday, appointing GCI Vice President of Content Bob Ormberg its new chairman. Ormberg, who previously served as vice chair of NCTC, replaces Eagle Communication CEO Gary Shorman, who will remain a member of the board.
NCTC also appointed Buckeye Broadband chief administrative officer Brad Mefferd as its new vice chairman of the board. Cable One SVP of technical services Ken Johnson was named as a new board member.
“I am pleased to welcome Bob Ormberg as our new chairman of the board,” NCTC CEO Rich Fickle said in a statement. “Bob has been an integral part of our board since 2006 and a member of the executive committee for four years. We look forward to his guidance and leadership as our evolving industry offers new opportunities for our members. I also want to thank Gary Shorman for his dedicated service as chairman. We are thrilled to welcome Brad Mefferd as our new vice chair and Ken Johnson as a new board member. Ken is a seasoned, strategic CTO. Having him on our board supported by a progressive member like Cable One will help guide NCTC efforts into additional areas to support members, including broadband, wireless and commercial services.”
Ormberg has more than 30 years of experience in the cable and broadband industry and has spent the past 21 years at GCI, where he has led the launch of many advanced products within the company.
“I am honored to be chosen as chairman of the NCTC board and will continue to collaborate with MSOs, content providers and technology vendors in order to better compete in today’s increasingly competitive environment,” Ormberg said in a statement. “As a board member for more than ten years, I am eager to lead this great group of innovative independent cable and broadband operators and continue to explore new ways to help our members achieve growth and success.”
Mefferd has more than 30 years of experience in the cable and broadband industry in accounting, finance, marketing, customer service, programming negotiations and overall operations management.
“My years of involvement with the NCTC board has been an incredible learning experience and I am excited to now take on the role of vice chair,” Mefferd said in a statement. “Our industry is faced with tremendous change. NCTC is successfully bringing its members together to facilitate solutions that will help us continue to innovate.”
Johnson, a 35-year veteran of the telecom industry, is responsible for Cable One’s strategic technology products evolution, as well as Information Technology, and Network and Engineering.
“I look forward to working with the NCTC board and helping NCTC members shape the future of cable and broadband,” Johnson said in a statement. “We operate in many varied communities throughout the country, but we all face the same increasing competition and challenges, and I am ready to work hard to find opportunities for us to better compete and succeed in today’s industry.”
The remaining members of the NCTC board are:
Katie Espeseth: EPB Chattanooga,Vice President
Rich Fickle: NCTC, President and CEO
Tom Gleason: Vast Broadband, Executive Vice President
Chris Hilliard: USA Communications, CEO
Jim Holanda: RCN/Grande, CEO
Ken Johnson: Cable ONE, Senior Vice President of Technology Services
Brian Lynch: Schurz Cable, Senior Vice President
Brad Mefferd: Buckeye Broadband, Chief Administrative Officer
Brad Moline: Allo Communications, President
Elaine Partridge: Vast Broadband, Vice President of Special Projects
Jeffrey Ross: Armstrong Cable Services, President
Wayne Schattenkerk: WaveDivision Partners, Chief Financial Officer
Gary Shorman: President and CEO, Eagle Communications
Karl Skroban: Comporium, Vice President of Video Strategy and Programming
Matt Weller: All West Communications, President
Tom Whitaker: Shentel Communications, Senior Vice President-Cable
NCTC board members commit to a three-year term and work in partnership with NCTC leaders to support its more than 750 member companies.