Mark Dzuban, known as one of
the hardest-working guys in cable technology,
is staying plugged into coax.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications
Engineers has extended Dzuban’s
contract as president and CEO
through 2017, the professional association
announced last week. The 64-year-old
Dzuban, who has more than 40 years of experience
in the cable and telecommunications
industries, was hired to run the SCTE
in January 2009.
During his tenure at SCTE, Dzuban has
focused on fostering engineering strategies
grounded in business principles, working
more closely with other industry groups and
introducing energy-management initiatives
for MSOs and suppliers. He has expanded
the association’s professional development
efforts, including the creation of executive
leadership programs with Dartmouth College
and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
In addition, Dzuban — the 2011 recipient
of the National Cable & Telecommunications
Association’s Vanguard Award for Associates and Affiliates
— has helped rebuild SCTE’s flagship Cable-Tec Expo,
which, after several lean years, returned with a flourish last
fall with more than 10,000 attendees in Atlanta.
“Over the past three years, we’ve seen a dramatic transformation
of SCTE and the benefits it offers to members and the
industry, as well as significant growth of synergistic relationships
between SCTE, CableLabs and the NCTA,” Mike LaJoie,
Time Warner Cable chief technology officer and SCTE chairman,
said in a statement.
LaJoie continued, “As a board, we feel that the vision, dedication
and leadership that Mark Dzuban already has brought
to SCTE are essential to ensuring the continued ability to meet
the changing technological needs of the cable
community in the future.”
Prior to joining SCTE, Dzuban most recently
was vice chairman and executive
vice president of strategic accounts for telephony-
systems provider Cedar Point Communications.
The New Jersey native is a lifelong engineer
who has been a licensed ham radio
operator since he was 10. He served as
a U.S. Army combat logistics sergeant in
South Korea and supported that nation’s
role in Vietnam, before studying electrical
Dzuban started in the cable industry in
1968 as a design engineer for Vikoa, a New
Jersey manufacturer of cable equipment,
then was vice president of engineering and
chief technology officer of Cross Country
Cable in Warren, N.J., for nearly 12 years.
In 1991, he joined AT&T, serving as AT&T
Broadband’s senior vice president of telephony
engineering and operations, where
he was responsible for telephony service
implementation in the merged Tele-Communications
Inc. and MediaOne Group systems. At AT&T,
Dzuban represented the company at CableLabs and also
served as chief technical counsel for the AT&T-TCI merger.
“The ability to create programs that support the industry
at large has been tremendously satisfying,” Dzuban said in a
statement. “I’m grateful to the board for their continued support
of SCTE’s efforts and am especially appreciative of how
enthusiastically our executives, staff and chapter leaders have
embraced SCTE’s expanded mission.”
Exton, Pa.-based SCTE, founded in 1969, has nearly 14,000
members in the U.S. and abroad. More than 3,000 employees
of the cable telecommunications industry hold SCTE technical
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