SCTE Trims as It Realigns

4:55 PM -- Some high-level changes afoot at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) have resulted in the release of two execs: VP of marketing and business development Deb Swann; and VP of membership services Louise Games. An administrative assistant at the Exton, Pa.-based Society has also been let go.

The SCTE, which serves as cable's standards-setting body, said it made the move as it looks to beef up its engineering focus.

“It’s always tough to part ways with employees, but SCTE is realigning to place significantly greater focus on the core engineering activities that the cable industry requires," the Society said, in a release. "The ultimate goal is to consolidate all outreach to the cable technology community, and move additional resources into the engineering sector.”

The SCTE did not say how it intends to move forward in terms of staffing, but it's possible that one or more people could be hired to expand its engineering expertise. The Society may also consider consolidating the roles of Swann and Games into one area of responsibility.

The decision to reorganize some of SCTE's internal structure comes about nine months after Mark Dzuban, a former AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Cedar Point Communications Inc. exec, took the helm as president and CEO. (See Dzuban's the Man.)

It also comes about three weeks after the SCTE wrapped up the Cable-Tec Expo in Denver, which counted 9,000 attendees, down about 18 percent from the record set last year in Philadelphia. This year's Cable-Tec Expo was also the first time the show shared the spotlight with a cavalcade of other cable-related conferences and events. (See Cable-Tec Expo Tries Something New.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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