Time Warner Adds Tech-Policy VP

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Time Warner Cable said it has hired Timothy J. Dodd as vice president of technology policy to help in talks with consumer-electronics-industry representatives toward interoperability agreements and in other areas.

He reports to senior VP of strategy and development Kevin Leddy, who said in a prepared statement, "Tim’s legal and negotiating expertise will make him an invaluable asset to Time Warner Cable as discussions proceed with the consumer-electronics industry, as well as with other business partners."

Dodd will act as the MSO’s negotiator at various industry trade-association meetings and hearings, including the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, Cable Television Laboratories Inc. and the Consumer Electronics Association.

Time Warner Cable said he’ll represent it in various content-protection and digital-rights-management deliberations and will monitor technology trends and issues.

Dodd had been senior associate in the New York office of law firm Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., where he represented clients in a variety of infrastructure-development, structured-finance and private-equity transactions.

He was also an associate at Washington, D.C.-based law firm Shaw Pittman LLP, where he represented clients in connection with software licensing, technology-transfer agreements and securities regulatory issues.

He also served as associate for Russell McVeagh, New Zealand’s largest law firm, where he represented a U.S./New Zealand joint venture in the acquisition of New Zealand’s rail and related fiber-optic cable systems.

He was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, and currently lives in Wilton, Conn., with his wife, Tania Saison-Dodd.