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LaJoie Named Time Warner Cable CTO

Time Warner Cable said Tuesday that Mike LaJoie has been named chief technology officer.

LaJoie -- who had been an executive vice president and head of the MSO’s advanced-technology group -- is the first to fill that role since longtime CTO James Chiddix moved over in 2001 to what became Mystro TV.

LaJoie will direct technology development across all product offerings at the second-largest U.S. cable operator.

"His main charge will be to lead the continuing evolution of the company’s digital platform and technological infrastructure, as well as to help guide us toward the next generation of products and services for our customers," Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt said in a memo announcing the promotion.

Britt cited LaJoie’s leadership in "aggressive" rollouts of video-on-demand, HDTV and digital-video-recording services; his group’s active role in the plug-and-play interoperability agreements with consumer-electronics companies; and his assuming oversight of Mystro after it was folded into the MSO in November. Mystro had been developing headend-based DVR services.

LaJoie has been with the Time Warner Inc.-owned MSO for 16 years.