Executive Team

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Phil McKinney

PRESIDENT AND CEO

Phil McKinney is the president and CEO at CableLabs, an innovation and research & development lab funded by the global cable industry. With a strong focus on innovation, McKinney is responsible for leading the development of technologies and specifications for the secure delivery of high speed data, video, voice and next generation services. He oversees testing, certification facilities and guides the technical leadership for the industry, charting the course for future technology and innovation. Prior to CableLabs, McKinney held technology and innovation leadership positions in major companies including serving as the vice president and CTO for Hewlett-Packard’s Personal Systems Group, where he was responsible for long-range strategic planning, research and development for the company’s PC product lines. In addition, he was the founder and leader…

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Phil McKinney is the president and CEO at CableLabs, an innovation and research & development lab funded by the global cable industry. With a strong focus on innovation, McKinney is responsible for leading the development of technologies and specifications for the secure delivery of high speed data, video, voice and next generation services. He oversees testing, certification facilities and guides the technical leadership for the industry, charting the course for future technology and innovation.

Prior to CableLabs, McKinney held technology and innovation leadership positions in major companies including serving as the vice president and CTO for Hewlett-Packard’s Personal Systems Group, where he was responsible for long-range strategic planning, research and development for the company’s PC product lines. In addition, he was the 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. The success of the IPO is now shared in widely used case studies at Stanford University and Harvard Business School. McKinney also served as senior vice president and CIO at Teligent, and as a director at CSC.

Author, speaker and innovation guru, McKinney shares his rule-breaking approach to innovation and creativity in his book “Beyond the Obvious.” He has been credited with forming and leading multiple teams that Fast Company and BusinessWeek have listed as being one of the “50 Most Innovative.” His recognition includes Vanity Fair naming him the “The Innovation Guru,” MSNBC and Fox Business calling him “The Gadget Guy” and the San Jose Mercury News dubbing him the “chief seer.” In July 2015, his podcast, Killer Innovations™, became a nationally syndicated radio show that is carried by more than 30 radio stations across the U.S. In 2017, The Cable Center named McKinney an Innovation Laureate, in recognition of his role as a trailblazer and key influencer who is mentoring, teaching and motivating the next generation of cable industry leaders.

McKinney serves on the advisory board for Hacking Autism, the board of directors for The Computer History Museum and he is chairman of the board for Pioneer Education Africa. In his spare time, he oversees his family VC fund, the Techtrend Group, that invests in for-profit start-ups to create economic growth as an alternative to traditional charity models.

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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 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…

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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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Ralph W. Brown

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER and SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Ralph Brown guides CableLabs’ technical staff in delivering innovative solutions to the cable industry.  He leads standards strategy, supplier relations, and the industry’s participation in the FCC’s Downloadable Security Technical Advisory Committee (DSTAC). 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…

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Ralph Brown guides CableLabs’ technical staff in delivering innovative solutions to the cable industry.  He leads standards strategy, supplier relations, and the industry’s participation in the FCC’s Downloadable Security Technical Advisory Committee (DSTAC).

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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Ike Elliott

Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, Strategy and Innovation

Ike Elliott leads CableLabs’ strategy, technology policy, technology outreach, and advanced technology development, bringing over 25 years of experience in leading the development of technology solutions and strategies in the telecommunications industry. Previously, Mr. Elliott held senior executive operating and strategy roles at Level 3 Communications and Unity Business Networks, and also was president and founder of Practiq Strategy Consultants.   Mr. Elliott co-founded the International Softswitch Consortium in 1999 and served as its President and Chairman for three years.  While at Level 3, Ike led the team that created the telecom industry’s first operational softswitch, and led the softswitch business unit. Ike earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and he received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from James Madison…

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Ike Elliott leads CableLabs’ strategy, technology policy, technology outreach, and advanced technology development, bringing over 25 years of experience in leading the development of technology solutions and strategies in the telecommunications industry. Previously, Mr. Elliott held senior executive operating and strategy roles at Level 3 Communications and Unity Business Networks, and also was president and founder of Practiq Strategy Consultants.   Mr. Elliott co-founded the International Softswitch Consortium in 1999 and served as its President and Chairman for three years.  While at Level 3, Ike led the team that created the telecom industry’s first operational softswitch, and led the softswitch business unit.

Ike earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and he received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from James Madison 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 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…

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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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