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Thursday, January 31, 2013
|Bio Michael Willner
Vice Chairman and CEO, Penthera
Michael S. Willner spent his entire career in the cable television industry. He co-founded Insight Communications in 1985 and served as its CEO, a director and vice chairman of the board until the company was sold to Time Warner Cable in February, 2012.
Michael began his career in 1974 as the program director and news reporter for a small suburban New York cable system after graduating from the Boston University College of Communications. Soon after, he shifted his focus to general management and eventually became the chief operating officer of Vision Cable Communications, a cable company owned by a division of Newhouse Newspapers.
After starting Insight Communications, Michael also became very active in industry affairs and has been one of cable's most active and effective ambassadors on Capitol Hill, testifying regularly before Congress on industry issues and pending legislation. He has served two consecutive terms as chairman of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the cable industry's trade lobby, served on its executive committee for many years and chaired its political action committee (CablePAC) from 2000 until 2012. Michael also served as chairman of the board of the Cable Center from 2007 through 2011, on the executive committee of CableLabs, and on the board of directors of C-SPAN, and the Walter Kaitz Foundation.
Michael was a recipient of the NCTA's 2004 Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership and a 2005 inductee into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame in 2008.
|Bio Cliff Mercer
Ph. D. - SVP, Engineering – ActiveVideo Networks
An engineer and technologist with over 17 years of experience in the software field, Cliff leads ActiveVideo's product development and engineering activities. His extensive knowledge of cable industry technologies, components and systems, as well as strong technical background in high-performance, highly scalable distributed systems, make him an essential member of ActiveVideo's management team.
Bringing superior leadership and management talents to the company's executive group, Cliff joined ActiveVideo in April 2010 from his position as CTO of TAG Networks. In that role, Cliff established technology direction for the company and managed its engineering team, overseeing the development and deployment of interactive television technology and applications. Cliff is credited with driving the design and development of TAG's software systems, which leverage existing video-on-demand infrastructures.
Prior to joining TAG Networks, Cliff was Vice President of Engineering at Kasenna, a leading provider of next-generation platforms for video content and service delivery. In that role, Cliff was charged with technology advancement and product development across three different product lines including broadcast video service and interactive TV products, video streaming products and video network management products. At Kasenna, Cliff was also responsible for bringing Kasenna's video on demand technology and products into the cable market, while driving integration projects and managing partner relationships. In the years before joining Kasenna, Cliff worked for Liberate Technologies, an interactive TV platform vendor. During his tenure with the company, Cliff contributed to the product development as a software engineer and later contributed to the sales effort in technical account management, working directly with key Liberate customers.
Cliff received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1997. He received his M.S. degree in Computer Science and his B.S. in Applied Mathematics/Computer Science (with University Honors) also from Carnegie Mellon University.
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