Virginia Beach, Va., December 8, 2015 – TD Madison & Associates, an executive search firm, announces the placement of Chris Bastian as the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ (SCTE) new CTO and Senior Vice President. After extensive exploration and research into the cable and telecommunications technology industries across the country, TD Madison & Associates was able to determine that Bastian, a leader in the cable industry, was the ideal candidate for the position.
Bastian brings with him expertise in wireless, operations, engineering, and a vast assortment of cable technologies as well as the key qualities TD Madison & Associates identified as essential to alignment with the organization. Bastian’s placement is an integral step in the SCTE’s organizational growth, and comes after a series of other senior-level hires, including Reni Gorman, the SCTE’s first Vice President of Learning & Development, and Lindsay Johnston, the SVP of Operations.
“We were very excited to have the opportunity to work with the SCTE to find the best candidate to serve as their CTO and Senior Vice President,” said Dean Madison, CEO of TD Madison & Associates. “Chris Bastian has the qualities and expertise that can help the SCTE continue to drive their visions for continued growth.”
In his new role at the SCTE and its global brand, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), Bastian will head up all areas of technology and engineering, including standardizing and operationalizing advanced technology spanning the SCTE’s Standards Program and the SCTE Engineering Committee. Bastian will also take a leadership role with the SCTE’s Energy 2020 program.
“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 the 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.”
“One of our goals for the SCTE is to anticipate future industry needs and to provide the technical resources operators and vendors need to achieve those objectives,” added Tony Werner, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the SCTE, and CTO & EVP of Comcast Cable. “Chris Bastian has the industry vision, the knowledge base and the interpersonal skills to address the broad range of cable technologies, and his background in Wi-Fi, DOCSIS 3.1 and Cybersecurity will be of particular value in the years ahead.”
Bastian has demonstrated his leadership and cable technology capabilities most recently as the Executive Director for Comcast’s Xfinity Wireless Operations. He has also served as Executive Director of Network Architecture and as Senior Director of Converged Regional Area Network Engineering for the Comcast Technology and the Comcast Network Engineering Group. Prior to these positions, Bastian held positions in network operations and engineering with RCN and Comcast Cellular Communications. He also spent 10 years in engineering and leadership roles with the National Security Agency.
Bastian holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University and an M.S. in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University.
About TD Madison & Associates
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The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is a non-profit professional association that provides technical leadership for the telecommunications industry and serves its members through professional development, standards, certification and information. SCTE operates globally via its International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE) brand. Visit SCTE online at www.scte.org. Connect with SCTE at www.scte.org/socialmedia.