Cable-Tec Expo: SCTE Names TWC's Ludington 2012 Expo Chair

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced that Jim Ludington, executive vice president of Time Warner Cable's Network National Operations, will serve as program committee chairman for Cable-Tec Expo 2012 scheduled for Oct. 17-19, in Orlando, Fla.

On Tuesday, SCTE elected Time Warner Cable chief technology officer Mike LaJoie as chairman for the 2011-12 term.

Ludington was a member of the 2011 program committee, chaired by Suddenlink Communications CTO Terry Cordova.

"Over the past year, Terry Cordova and Jim Ludington have worked together with the rest of the program committee to dramatically increase the scope of learning and new technology being showcased at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo," SCTE president and CEO Mark Dzuban said in a statement. "We're grateful that Jim has accepted the challenge of continuing to enhance Cable-Tec Expo's unique role as the place where problems and problem solvers meet."

"Jim Ludington's input and support were vital in our ability to build the depth of workshop presentations and exhibit floor innovation that characterize Cable-Tec Expo this year," Cordova said. "I look forward to working with him in the coming year as we continue to increase the value of Expo as the industry's premier engineering and operations event."

Ludington joined Time Warner Cable in 1982 and later served as project director for the Quantum project in New York and as vice president of technology for the Full Service Network in Orlando. He left TWC in 1996 to found two cable-technology businesses before returning to the company in his current role in 2003.

Currently, Ludington oversees the deployment of customer-facing technology for the MSO, including video-on-demand, digital phone, switched digital video, commercial voice, cell-tower backhaul and the buildout of Time Warner Cable's national fiber backbone.

"Like our industry itself, SCTE Cable-Tec Expo is changing quickly to address new challenges and opportunities," Ludington said. "My experience working alongside Terry Cordova as he reshaped the Cable-Tec Expo template will be of great value as the 2012 Program Committee develops content and exhibit showcases that can help cable system operators and programmers to cost-effectively and reliably deliver new services that generate revenue and enhance customer satisfaction."