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Comcast’s John Schanz to Chair 2016 Cable-Tec Expo

John Schanz, the executive vice president and chief network officer of  Comcast, will serve as program committee chair for SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016, when the annual event returns to the MSO’s hometown of Philadelphia.

In that role, Schanz will spearhead the event’s agenda, ive the content for the event, which will focus on advanced network technologies improved customer experience and energy management. Next year’s show is set for Sept. 26-29 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Schanz succeeds this year’s Cable-Tec Expo program committee chair, Balan Nair, the EVP and chief technology officer of Liberty Global. They both serve as co-chairs of SCTE’s Energy 2020 program.

“John Schanz’s vision of the future and his commitment to innovation have been key factors in shaping the roadmap to cable telecommunications’ future,” said Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE and ISBE, in a statement.  “His understanding of the opportunities that lie ahead for the industry will help us create a compelling Expo 2016 program that will benefit all of the stakeholders—operators, vendors and individual members—in cable technology.”

“Through programs such as Energy 2020 and DOCSIS 3.1 training, SCTE has been a catalyst of the transformation taking place in today’s cable industry,” Schanz added. “In the months ahead, the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® 2016 Program Committee will be developing an agenda that will help operators and technology partners harness the technologies and products that are on the horizon.”

Schanz joined Comcast in 2006, and previously served as EVP of network and data center operations for AOL.