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SCTE Lines Up C-Level Execs for Cable-Tec Expo

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has enlisted some C-level execs to go beyond the technological nuts and bolts and offer a big picture view on how operators and vendors can team up to put the hurt on the competition at the annual Cable-Tec Expo, set to run Oct. 21-24 in Atlanta.

The latest execs committed to join the opening general session on Tuesday, Oct. 22 include Cox Communications president Pat Esser; Comcast EVP and COO Dave Watson; and Arris chairman and CEO Bob Stanzione, who engineered his company's recent acquisition of Motorola Home.

SCTE said the discussion, to be moderated by Esser, will focus on the competitive and revenue-producing aspects of new services, including multiplatform content delivery, cloud services, and Wi-Fi initiatives.

“Envisioning, creating and executing new services requires contributions from every part of the cable operator’s organization and tight coordination with vendor partners,” said Daniel Howard, executive vice president and CTO of SCTE, in a statement. “The distinctly different points of view that Pat Esser, Dave Watson and Bob Stanzione bring to this panel will enable our attendees to understand better what new services are on the horizon and the collaboration that will be needed to make them a reality.”

The show’s opening session will also feature a keynote Q&A between National Cable & Telecommunications Association president and CEO Michael Powell and Cox EVP and CTO Kevin Hart, who is also chairman of the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Program Committee.

Comcast Cable chief network officer and EVP John Schanz will then head up a panel with Yvette Kanouff, executive vice president, corporate engineering and technology, Cablevision Systems; Guy McCormick, vice president, engineering, Cox; Matthew Stanek, senior vice president of core, regional, metro and network operations, Time Warner Cable; and Marwan Fawaz, partner with Sarepta Advisors and the former head of Motorola Home.