The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has kicked of a search for a chief technology officer, as the professional organization looks to reinforce its "core focus on applied science and engineering."
The CTO will report to SCTE president and CEO Mark Dzuban, who joined the Exton, Pa.-based organization in February 2009.
"While SCTE performs many valuable functions for the industry, the most important contribution is in driving adoption of the technical innovations that help the industry to reduce costs, optimize network performance and enhance customer satisfaction," Dzuban said in a statement. "Securing the services of a CTO will enable us to work more directly with operators, programmers and vendors to identify needs and shape solutions that have real, meaningful impact on their businesses."
SCTE has retained T.D. Madison & Associates, a Virginia Beach, Va.-based executive search firm, to manage the CTO search process.
The CTO's responsibilities will include developing strategies for "maximizing value and return from current cable network architectures," as well as helping to develop standards for next-generation cable services and further the skills of the industry's field engineers, the SCTE said.
Currently has approximately 13,000 members, down from more than 15,000 in early 2007.
As part of Dzuban's mission of applying engineering to help the cable industry operator more efficiently, SCTE earlier this month announced its Strategic Energy Management Initiative (SEMI), which will comprise meetings and forums to raise awareness about environmentally friendly and sustainable procedures and products. The program also could result in energy-efficiency standards for networking equipment, according to Dzuban.