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Phil McKinney

PRESIDENT AND CEO

Author, speaker and innovation guru, Phil McKinney heads the cable industry’s research and development organization responsible for the delivery of new technologies, specifications, and best practices, while charting the course for future technology and innovation. Prior to joining CableLabs, Phil…

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Author, speaker and innovation guru, Phil McKinney heads the cable industry’s research and development organization responsible for the delivery of new technologies, specifications, and best practices, while charting the course for future technology and innovation.

Prior to joining CableLabs, Phil held technology and innovation leadership positions in a number of major companies, including serving as the vice president and chief technology officer for Hewlett-Packard’s Personal Systems Group, where he was responsible for long-range strategic planning and research and development for the company’s PC product lines. In addition, Phil was founder and leader of HP’s Innovation Program Office (IPO). The IPO was chartered to identify, incubate and launch adjacent and fundamentally new technologies, products and services that would become the future growth engines for HP. He has also served as Senior Vice President and CIO at Teligent, and Director at CSC.

Recently (February 2012), Phil released his first book on innovation and personal creativity titled Beyond The Obvious, published by Hyperion. The book is available in hardcover, digital and audio formats. The book will soon be available in Russian, Chinese, Portuguese (Brazil), Korean and Japanese.

Phil McKinney serves on the Advisory Board for Hacking Autism, Board of Directors for The Computer History Museum and Executive Board of the Santa Clara County Council for the Boy Scouts of America.

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Christopher J. Lammers

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

In this capacity, Chris is responsible for directing communications, financial, human resource and IT functions, together with project management, Go2Broadband and certification, testing and evaluation services provided to the technical programs.  He is particularly focused on relationships with mid-sized and…

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In this capacity, Chris is responsible for directing communications, financial, human resource and IT functions, together with project management, Go2Broadband and certification, testing and evaluation services provided to the technical programs.  He is particularly focused on relationships with mid-sized and smaller MSOs, as well as in developing relationships with international cable operators and building international alliances.

Chris currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Emma Bowen Foundation and is actively involved in committees and/or support for several national and international industry trade associations.  In addition, he is President of the Board of Directors of the St. Vrain Valley Habitat for Humanity in Longmont, Colorado.

Prior to joining CableLabs in 1997, Chris was President and CEO of Western Communications, a mid-sized multiple system operator with cable systems located in the Western United States.  Before joining Western Communications, Chris was a partner with the San Francisco law firm of Cooper, White & Cooper.  He received his law degree from the University of Chicago School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree with distinction in psychology from Stanford University.

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Tom Lookabaugh

CHIEF R&D OFFICER

Tom Lookabaugh leads CableLabs’ research and development efforts, bringing more than twenty years of experience in developing technology solutions for cable, satellite, telecom and broadcast. Prior to joining CableLabs, Tom served as the vice president of ViaSat Communications’ commercial mobility…

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Tom Lookabaugh leads CableLabs’ research and development efforts, bringing more than twenty years of experience in developing technology solutions for cable, satellite, telecom and broadcast.

Prior to joining CableLabs, Tom served as the vice president of ViaSat Communications’ commercial mobility business unit.  He has also held the position of chief technology officer at Entropic Communications, a networking and RF fabless semiconductor company. Before Entropic Communications, Tom was the chief executive officer at PolyCipher, a joint venture formed by Comcast, Time Warner and Cox Communications to develop downloadable conditional access security products. He was also a co-founder of DiviCom and led the integration and execution of Harmonic’s video infrastructure business after Harmonic purchased DiviCom in 2000.

Tom earned his Ph.D. and three master’s degrees at Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree at Colorado School of Mines.

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Ralph W. Brown

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Ralph Brown guides CableLabs’ technical staff in delivering innovative solutions to the cable industry.  In this role, he leads industry strategy, technology outreach, standards strategy, supplier relations, and advanced technology development. Prior to CableLabs, Ralph worked for Excite@Home as Chief…

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Ralph Brown guides CableLabs’ technical staff in delivering innovative solutions to the cable industry.  In this role, he leads industry strategy, technology outreach, standards strategy, supplier relations, and advanced technology development.

Prior to CableLabs, Ralph worked for Excite@Home as Chief Architect, Set-top Systems where he worked on broadband applications for set-top terminals and entertainment devices.  Before joining Excite@Home, he worked for Time Warner Cable as Chief Software Architect in their Advanced Engineering Department where he worked on the Orlando Full Service Network and was a key contributor the Time Warner Cable Pegasus Program.  While at Time Warner Cable and Excite@Home, Ralph was also an active participant in the CableLabs OpenCable™ project.

Ralph earned a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  His Master’s thesis was in the field of Speech Recognition.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from North Carolina State University.

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Lee W. Zieroth

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL

Lee has responsibility for all legal matters involving CableLabs, including direction of strategy and policy, antitrust compliance, intellectual property rights issues for CableLabs’ specification efforts, protection of intellectual property, and general corporate and contractual matters. Prior to joining CableLabs, Lee…

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Lee has responsibility for all legal matters involving CableLabs, including direction of strategy and policy, antitrust compliance, intellectual property rights issues for CableLabs’ specification efforts, protection of intellectual property, and general corporate and contractual matters.

Prior to joining CableLabs, Lee was a Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Comcast Cable where he headed the Strategic Intellectual Property group within the cable company’s legal department. He came to Comcast from AT&T Broadband where he was an Associate General Counsel and Lead Counsel for Technology and prior to that was Senior Counsel for Technology with Tele-Communications, Inc., where he provided legal support for numerous technology, intellectual property and venture capital matters for these cable companies.

Before joining the cable industry, Lee was a partner in the Denver law firm of Cohen, Brame & Smith for more than 12 years with a transactional practice focused on corporate, technology/intellectual property and venture capital law. He also worked as an electrical engineer for various research and development labs at Hewlett-Packard, both in Colorado and Palo Alto, California, and at the Stanford University Office of Technology Licensing. Lee is a graduate of Stanford University (J.D. and M.B.A.) and completed his engineering studies in computer architecture and digital signal processing at Colorado State University (B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E.).

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