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SCTE Taps Comcast's Davidson As VP Engineering, Network Ops

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers named Marty Davidson, previously Comcast's head of network operations, as vice president of engineering and network operations.

At SCTE, Davidson will be responsible for identifying technical trends and industry needs, expanding SCTE's Professional Development materials and working with all levels of the cable industry's technical workforce to build an increased knowledge base for the industry.

"Marty Davidson's background will be invaluable as we expand the engineering resources that SCTE makes available to the industry," SCTE senior vice president and chief technology officer Daniel Howard said in a statement. "We believe the analytical skills, the operational experience and the technical knowledge he has honed at every step in his career will contribute significantly to our development of new programs and materials that can help cable to reduce cost, optimize network performance and enhance customer satisfaction."

Davidson spent 10 years at Comcast, most recently as vice president of network operations where he was responsible for the operation of a network supporting 1.1 million network devices and 155,000 miles of plant across 13 states. Previously, he served as the MSO's vice president of telephony and vice president of advanced operations and network management.

"Throughout his career, Marty has been as highly regarded for his work ethic as he has been for his technical expertise," John Schanz, Comcast executive vice president and chief network officer, said in a statement. "As SCTE continues to build new value for the industry, the dedication and skills that Marty brings to the Society will be invaluable."

Prior to Comcast, Davidson spent five years with AT&T Broadband, rising to the position of vice president, telephony engineering. He began his career in the Missile Systems Division of Raytheon, where he led a variety of projects related to the design, development and testing of advanced missile systems.

"SCTE's transformation to a leader in applied science and the business of technology has attracted the notice of the entire industry," Davidson said in a statement. "I look forward to working with both the SCTE team and my peers in the industry to help cable harness the technologies it needs to capitalize on the opportunities on the horizon."