SCTE names Comcast exec Chris Bastian as new CTO

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has named veteran Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) executive Chris Bastian as its new senior VP and CTO, replacing Daniel Howard, who shifted to an org fellow position back in February. 

Bastian will oversee all areas of technology and engineering for both the SCTE and the satellite International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), managing such initiatives as the SCTE Standards Program, the SCTE Engineering Committee and the all-encompassing Energy 2020 campaign. 

Bastian has spent the last 10 years at Comcast, where he currently holds the position of executive director, Xfinity Wireless Operations. Prior to joining Comcast, he held network operations and engineering positions with RCN and Comcast Cellular Communications. Bastian also spent 10 years working for the National Security Agency. 

"Harnessing the power of new services, maintaining the integrity of our networks and ensuring our customers' security are among the objectives that will define cable's future success," said Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE. "Chris Bastian's strong record of accomplishment in those areas, his background with large and small MSOs and his leadership abilities all made him an ideal fit for our CTO position."

Bastian's hiring follows the addition of Reni Gorman to the newly created position of VP of learning and development. Other recent SCTE hires have included Deighton Liverpool as VP of information technology; Terry Maloney as VP of marketing and business development; and Lindsay Johnston as senior VP of operations. 

Bastian will step into his new role on Dec. 14.

"SCTE's organizational growth is one of the engines that is driving implementation of new technologies in our industry," he said. "I look forward to working with Reni, Deighton, Terry, Lindsay, Mark and the rest of the SCTE team as we leverage SCTE's resources and Corporate Alliance Partnerships to improve cable's technology and competitive offerings for the future."

For more:
- read this SCTE press release

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