The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers named Mark Dzuban, a longtime industry engineer who pioneered the development of cable-telephony technology, as its new president and CEO.
Dzuban, who will officially start at SCTE on Feb. 2, takes over for John Clark, who departed last July after spending 10 years leading the professional association.
“Mark owns a vision for taking SCTE to the forefront of engineering and technology for the cable industry,” SCTE chairman Tom Gorman, the Charter Communications vice president of field operations, said in a statement. “He is resolved to address the needs of all levels of engineering — from installer to switched digital video engineer and from plant manager to Internet engineer. He is a great fit for his new position and will get SCTE well on its way to another successful 40-plus years of service.”
Dzuban, previously vice chairman and executive vice president of strategic accounts for telephony-systems provider Cedar Point Communications, has spent more than 40 years in the cable and telecommunications industry. He started in the cable industry in 1968 as a design engineer for Vikoa, a New Jersey manufacturer of cable equipment.
When SCTE began the CEO search six months ago, Gorman said the association was looking for a “multifaceted” chief executive. While SCTE's search committee was open to candidates with marketing or operations backgrounds, the organization in selecting Dzuban opted for deep engineering expertise.
Dzuban joined Cedar Point in 2001, where he led the development of cable telephony switching technology from the earliest stages. Since then the company's customers have deployed nearly 5 million voice lines.
Prior to Cedar Point, he was AT&T Broadband's senior vice president of telephony engineering and operations where he was responsible for telephony-service implementation in the merged Tele-Communications Inc. and MediaOne Group systems.
At AT&T, which he joined in 1991, Dzuban developed commercial hybrid fiber-coax telephony capabilities and represented the company at CableLabs. He also served as chief technical counsel for the AT&T/TCI merger. Before joining AT&T, Dzuban was vice president of engineering and CTO of Cross Country Cable in Warren, N.J., for nearly 12 years.
Clark, SCTE's previous CEO, served as president since 1998 and added the chief executive title in 2000. Last September, he was hired as CEO of BICSI, a trade association for network cabling-installation professionals.
Prior to Dzuban's appointment, SCTE vice president of professional development Marv Nelson had been serving as SCTE's interim president and CEO.
SCTE, founded in 1969, counts more than 14,000 members and 68 chapters and meeting groups. The Exton, Pa.-based association develops technical specifications supporting the cable telecommunications industry, provides professional certification and hosts seminars and conferences.