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I’m Joining CableLabs as the President and CEO

It was announced earlier today that I will be joining CableLabs as the next President and CEO effective June 1.  The press release is below. Board Selects Phil McKinney As New Leader for CableLabs® Louisville, Colorado, May 30, 2012 —The CableLabs® Board of Directors has selected Phil McKinney as th

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It was announced earlier today that I will be joining CableLabs as the next President and CEO effective June 1.  The press release is below.

Board Selects Phil McKinney As New Leader for CableLabs®
Louisville, Colorado, May 30, 2012 —The CableLabs® Board of Directors has selected Phil McKinney as the next President and CEO of the laboratory.
“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.”
Comcast President and CEO Neil Smit, and Vice-Chairman of the CableLabs Board of Directors, said, “As the pace of innovation continues to accelerate, we’re excited to have a leader like Phil who has broad experience that spans multiple industries and technologies and a vision that will continue to move our industry forward.”
An author, speaker, innovation mentor and columnist, McKinney has held technology and innovation leadership positions in a number of leading 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 all of the company’s PC product lines. He has also served as Senior Vice President and CIO at Teligent, and Director at CSC.
McKinney recently published his first book, “Beyond The Obvious,” a practical guide to consistently generating innovation. McKinney 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 has been profiled or had his work on innovation written about in media outlets, including Vanity Fair, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Laptop Magazine named him as one of the “25 Most Influential People in Mobile Tech” in 2010.
McKinney 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.
McKinney replaces Dr. Paul Liao, who has led the laboratory since June 2009. Dr. Liao announced in October 2011 that he would not renew his contract, which was set to expire in December.
“We appreciate Paul’s leadership and his many contributions to CableLabs,” Britt said. “He has led the industry’s technological innovation during three years of incredible change and his impact will be felt for years to come.”
The search was conducted by Bialla & Associates Partner David Archambault.
CableLabs has a history and culture of innovation which has resulted in many industry leading developments, including leading the industry’s transition from analog to digital, the development of digital video compression technology and, ultimately, high definition television; creating MPEG LA, LLC, a group that would manage the licensing arrangements for MPEG-2, which became – and remains – the predominant compression standard for digital video; and certification of the first DOCSIS® cable modems; creating PacketCable™, a common IP-based platform to deliver data and voice traffic efficiently and economically.
About CableLabs: Cable Television Laboratories ( was founded in 1988 by members of the cable television industry. A non-profit research and development consortium, CableLabs is dedicated to pursuing new cable telecommunications technologies and to helping its cable operator members integrate those advancements into their business objectives. Cable operators from around the world are members. CableLabs maintains additional web sites at, and

CableCARD™, CableHome®, CableLabs®, CableNET®, CablePC™, DCAS™, DOCSIS®, DPoE™, EBIF™, Go2BroadbandSM, M-Card™, OpenCable™, PacketCable™, PeerConnect™, and tru2way® are marks of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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Phil McKinney is an innovator, podcaster, author, and speaker. He is the retired CTO of HP. Phil's book, Beyond The Obvious, shares his expertise and lessons learned on innovation and creativity.


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