Chris Bastian, an industry engineering vet formerly of Comcast, RCN Corp. and the National Security Agency, has been named senior vice president and chief technology officer of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE).
Bastian, who starts his new role at SCTE on December 14, succeeds Daniel Howard, who was appointed to the new staff position of SCTE Fellow in February.
Bastian joins Exton, Pa.-based SCTE following more than 10 years at Comcast, where he most recently served as executive director, focusing on the MSO’s Xfinity WiFi network. Before that, he was executive director of network architecture for the Comcast Technology and Product Group, and senior director of converged regional area network engineering for the Comcast Network Engineering Group.
Prior to Comcast, Bastian held network operations and engineering positions with RCN and Comcast Cellular Communications, and spent a decade in engineering and leadership roles with the National Security Agency.
In his new slot at SCTE and its global brand, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), Bastian will head up all areas of technology and engineering at the Society, including standardizing and operationalizing advanced technology spanning the SCTE’s Standards Program and the SCTE Engineering Committee. Bastian will also take a leadership role with the SCTE’s Energy 2020 program, a hot topic at the recent Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans.
“Harnessing the power of new services, maintaining the integrity of our networks and ensuring our customers’ security are among the objectives that will define cable’s future success,” said Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE, in a statement. “Chris Bastian’s strong record of accomplishment in those areas, his background with large and small MSOs and his leadership abilities all made him an ideal fit for our CTO position.”
“One of our goals for SCTE is to anticipate future industry needs and to provide the technical resources operators and vendors need to achieve those objectives,” added Tony Werner, chairman of the board of directors for SCTE and EVP and CTO of Comcast Cable. “Chris Bastian has the industry vision, the knowledge base and the interpersonal skills to address the broad range of cable technologies, and his background in Wi-Fi, DOCSIS 3.1 and cybersecurity will be of particular value in the years ahead.”
Bastian holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University, and an M.S. in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University.