Davis Returns to Charter

Yes, you can go home again.

Wayne Davis, the former chief technology officer of Charter Communications Inc. and CEO of Javelin Innovations Inc. , has returned to the MSO as vice president of technical operations, Light Reading Cable has learned.

Davis starts his new job today (July 18) and will be based out of Charter's Denver office, reporting to President of Operations Steve Apodaca, according to an internal document obtained by Light Reading Cable.

Davis succeeds Gregg Wood, who left Charter earlier this year, and will head up the operator's field operational efforts, with a special emphasis on servicing and fulfilling customer needs.

Davis is returning to Charter amid some significant changes to its high-level engineering ranks. Marwan Fawaz resigned as CTO in March and was replaced by former Cox Communications Inc. CTO Chris Bowick on an interim basis. Charter has not yet named a permanent CTO. (See Charter's CTO Resigns.)

Davis most recently served as CEO of Javelin (nee Vyyo Inc.), a company that makes taps and other access equipment that expands cable bandwidth up to 3GHz. Of recent note, Javelin, which went private in 2008 amid some severe financial turbulence, completed the development of 1.8GHz "drop-in" modules that fit into tap housings made by Motorola Mobility LLC , Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), and Regal, a proprietary brand of Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS). Davis left Javelin late last year. (See Javelin Wants Cisco, Moto to Tap Out, Javelin's CEO & CTO Make Their Exits.)

During his earlier tenure at Charter, which ended in 2006, the MSO became one of the first cable operators to launch a digital simulcast. Davis also was in charge when Charter tested Passage, a platform developed by Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) that lets cable operators overlay a new conditional access system that can, in essence, break Motorola's and Cisco's hold on video security and set-tops.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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