The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has hired industry vet Lindsay Johnston to the post of senior vice president of operations, a role that was last filled by Cathy Oakes, the long-time SCTE executive who died last November.
In her new role, Johnston will head up SCTE objectives across a range of functions, including human resources, legal, information systems, membership, chapters and facilities management. She will report to SCTE president and CEO Mark Dzuban.
Johnston joins SCTE from Comcast, where she last served as senior vice president, human resources for Comcast Programming Properties, and was responsible for architecting the post-merger transition of the operator’s programming properties employees to NBCUniversal, which Comcast acquired in 2011. Before that, she served as division SVP, human resources for Comcast Cable’s Eastern Division.
Prior to Comcast, Johnston spent more than 15 years in the utility industry as an executive with PJM Interconnection and with PECO Energy. From 1979 to 1989, she was an attorney for Verizon Communications. She has also served as VP of human recourses for Autotrader.com, a unit of Cox Enterprises’s Autotrader Group. She started her career as an associate with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia.
“Increasing membership, new corporate alliances and growing worldwide demand for resources are creating unprecedented growth opportunities for SCTE,” said Dzuban, in a statement. “Lindsay Johnston has the cable background, the human resources and legal expertise, and the track record of project management success we need as we create and implement SCTE activities that are aligned with our industry partners’ requirements.”
“At every stop in my career – in cable, in telecom and in the utility sector – I have seen how workforce education has been a critical ingredient to success,” added Johnston. “SCTE’s ability to optimize the efficiency of its information systems and administrative functions will be essential as we fulfill our commitment to the industry to increase the quantity and quality of training and certification resources.”