May 13, 2013
// News


Louisville, CO — CableLabs, the non-profit research and development consortium for the cable industry, today announced that Tom Lookabaugh will join the organization as the new Executive Vice President of R&D. In this role, Lookabaugh will lead CableLabs’ development efforts with a strong focus on the delivery of platforms that enable high speed access and next generation services. His hire comes just prior to The Cable Show, where CableLabs will have a significant presence.

With more than 20 years of experience in developing technology solutions for cable, satellite, telecom and broadcast, Lookabaugh possesses a deep understanding of the communications and media industries and the evolution of seminal technologies and standards. He also brings to CableLabs the value of his extensive educational and innovation background.

“I am eager to lead, mentor and collaborate with the engineering and research teams at CableLabs,” said Lookabaugh. “This organization is the catalyst for cable innovation. I am looking forward to applying my past experiences and expertise to help advance its mission.”

“Lookabaugh’s strong industry relationships and his pioneering work in the technology industry will be great assets to our team,” said Phil McKinney, chief executive officer of CableLabs. “We are certain he will have a significant impact on CableLabs’ R&D efforts helping us to deliver what’s next for cable.”

Prior to joining CableLabs, Lookabaugh served as the vice president of ViaSat Communications’ commercial mobility arm. Lookabaugh also held the position of chief technology officer at Entropic Communications, a networking and RF fabless semiconductor company. Before Entropic Communications Lookabaugh was the chief executive officer at PolyCiper, 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.

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

The search was conducted by Bialla & Associates Partner David Archambault.

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About CableLabs

As the leading innovation and R&D lab for the cable industry, CableLabs creates global impact through its member companies around the world and its subsidiary, Kyrio. With a state-of-the art research and innovation facility and collaborative ecosystem with thousands of vendors, CableLabs delivers impactful network technologies for the entire industry.