It’s out with old school thinking and in with new media expertise at CableLabs, the non-profit R&D center, funded by a consortium of cable TV operators.
Phil McKinney, former chief technology officer and vice president of Hewlett-Packard’s Personal Systems Group, has been selected as the new president and CEO of CableLabs, based in Louisville, Colo. He replaces Dr. Paul Liao, who has led the cable TV industry-supported research and development laboratory since June 2009.
At HP McKinney was responsible for long-range strategic planning and research and development for all of the company’s PC product lines. He has also served as senior vice president and CIO at Teligent.
“We’re thrilled to have a technologist of Phil’s caliber joining CableLabs,” said Glenn A. Britt, chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable, and chairman of the CableLabs Board of Directors. “For 24 years, CableLabs has helped the cable industry be at the forefront of communications innovation, and that role has never been more critical than it is today. Phil’s expertise in innovation and consumer technologies will ensure that CableLabs stays ahead of the technology curve and fuels cable’s continued growth with innovation.”
McKinney recently published his first book, “Beyond The Obvious,” a practical guide to consistently generating innovation. He also writes a column for Forbes called “The Objective,” hosts a popular “Killer Innovations” podcast that CIO Insight has called “a must listen,” and tweets from his @philmckinney handle.
He serves on the board of directors for The Computer History Museum and on the Executive Board of the Santa Clara County Council for the Boy Scouts of America. He also serves on the advisory board for Hacking Autism, a group focused on developing technologies for children on the autistic spectrum.
CableLabs works with members to determine what service requirements are to be supported by new technologies and new services. CableLabs then seeks to support those requirements through open interface specifications, written in tandem with members and suppliers. The specifications, in turn, take much of the guesswork out of vendors’ engineering decisions as to where cable operators are moving with many of their new businesses. These freely published specifications are available online.