Dzuban's the Man

12:05 PM -- It took about six months and the vetting of nearly 100 candidates, but the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has found a new man to take the helm of the cable industry's standards-setting body: Mark Dzuban.

Dzuban, who's been a cable guy for some 40-plus years, most recently the VP and EVP of strategic accounts at VoIP specialist Cedar Point Communications Inc. , will take over as president and CEO of the Society on Feb. 2. (See SCTE Names Chief.)

He succeeds John Clark, who found himself in job-seeking mode when the SCTE board voted not to extend his contract. But it didn't take long for Clark to bounce back. He was recently named executive director and CEO of another organization: BICSI. (See Whistling BICSI , CEO to SCTE: 'See Ya!' and Clark Takes BICSI Helm.)

Exton, Pa.-based SCTE, which has about 14,000 members, had hoped to find a permanent replacement for Clark by the end of 2008, but it didn't miss that self-imposed deadline by much. SCTE VP of professional development Marv Nelson is serving as the Society's interim president and CEO until Dzuban officially takes over next month.

As for Dzuban, he kicked off his cable telecom career in 1968 as a design engineer with some company called Vikoa. He joined AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) in 1991, and stayed there until 2000. He also served as the Bell Labs rep to CableLabs from 1992 to 1997. He was later promoted to SVP of telephony operations and engineering at AT&T Broadband, which is now part of Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK).

So, he knows a thing or two about cable.

We're in Consumer Electronics Show mode at the moment, but we hope to connect with Dzuban soon to find out what some of his near-term goals are for the Society.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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