Cable Tech

Has CableLabs Found Its Man?

4:30 PM -- The rumors are flying fast and furious that CableLabs may announce its new CEO late in the day Tuesday. Two industry insiders indicate that the announcement could go public at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Another, however, says interviews are still ongoing, which will obviously stretch any formal announcement confirming the pick to a future date.

But if today comes and goes without a confirmation, perhaps no one should be surprised. It wouldn't be the first time something seemed imminent and then became less than so. The last time around, word got out that a successor to Dr. Richard Green would be announced in April during The Cable Show. (See A Cable Show '09 Preview .)

Green, the first and only person to hold the politically charged post since taking the helm in 1988, informed the CableLabs executive committee of his intention to retire at the end of 2009. (See CableLabs Chief Bows Out.)

Since then, the popular speculation is that the top U.S. cable brass is intent on hiring a "name" from outside the cable industry, and not necessarily from a pool of more obvious successors from the CableLabs and MSO engineering ranks.

A source last week told Cable Digital News that CableLabs had finalized its selection, noting only that it involved a man nearing retirement age who has had previous experience running a publicly traded company. Another source placed the selection as a higher up at a major consumer electronics company. We have been unable to corroborate either rumor.

CableLabs, meanwhile, has declined to comment.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:03:05 PM
re: Has CableLabs Found Its Man?

Announcement likely won't be going out until Wednesday; we'll have more on this soon.

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