The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers promoted three employees -- Derek DiGiacomo, Steve Harris and Tom Russell -- to newly created positions as senior directors.
DiGiacomo is now senior director of information systems and energy management programs, with responsibility for SCTE's Smart Energy Management Initiative (SEMI).
Harris has been promoted to senior director of advanced network technologies, with increased business development and content creation responsibility with the SCTE Professional Development program.
Russell is senior director of standards, with an increased role in the creation of new standards activity in the U.S. and internationally.
In addition, SCTE has retained industry veterans Steve Hughey and George Wright as subject-matter consultants in the areas of equipment standards, energy management and network operations and engineering, respectively.
"The emergence of new cable services and our evolving partnerships with NCTA and CableLabs are creating new opportunities for current staff, as well as for outside experts in specific, critical areas," SCTE president and CEO Mark Dzuban said in announcing the promotions. "By identifying and grooming SCTE team members like Derek DiGiacomo, Steve Harris, Tom Russell and others for added roles, we can accelerate our ability to make material change at every level of cable engineering and operations."
SCTE also announced additional steps to drive learning and development within its ranks, including: a commitment for two staff members to attend the SCTE Tuck Executive Leadership program at Dartmouth College in 2012; funding for employment-related continuing education, including tuition reimbursement for a current Ph.D. student; and the launch this summer of a co-op/internship program that is designed to develop new engineering and operations talent for the industry.