Former AT&T Broadband chief technical officer Tony Werner has been
reunited with John Malone, joining Liberty Media Corp. in a role yet to be
disclosed, sources familiar with the situation said.
A Liberty employee said Friday that Werner would return to the company's
Englewood, Colo., office early this week. Liberty has also set up a voice-mail
account for Werner.
Werner was not immediately available for comment. Liberty and Qwest
Communications International Inc. officials declined comment.
It was unclear by press time Friday what Werner's new role at Liberty will be
or for which division he will work. Liberty's business units include Liberty
Digital Inc. and Liberty Livewire, among others. One industry observer
speculated that Werner could aid Liberty with its massive cable operations in
Werner joins Liberty after just two months as executive vice president of
strategic technology at Denver-based Qwest, overseeing the telco's physical
plant and reassembling those assets into a more cohesive unit of voice, video
and data technology.
It was also believed by some industry followers that Werner's cable
experience could help Qwest in future moves involving very high-speed
digital-subscriber-line technology, which enables telcos to offer digital-video
services over copper lines. So far, Qwest has not publicly committed to VDSL
efforts beyond existing deployments in Phoenix and the Denver suburb of
Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Prior to Qwest, Werner served for six months as CEO of Aurora Networks Inc.,
an optical start-up headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. At Aurora, Werner
toggled back and forth between its California headquarters and its Denver
Before that, Werner served as CTO of AT&T Broadband and
Tele-Communications Inc., working closely with current Liberty chief Malone.
Greg Braden -- who joined AT&T Broadband following its merger with
MediaOne Group Inc. -- succeeded Werner last October.