CableLabs has appointed wireless industry veteran Mariam Sorond as the organization's senior vice president and chief research & development officer, reporting to President and CEO Phil McKinney. In this role, Sorond will lead R&D, directing the execution and adoption of new technologies, partnering closely with McKinney on technical thought leadership, vision and strategy for the future of connectivity.
"We're thrilled to welcome Mariam to CableLabs, bringing her depth of experience and expertise to our members and the industry," said McKinney. "As we advance toward a digital future encompassing even greater wireless capabilities, it is crucial for both CableLabs and the broadband industry at large to be led by innovative executives with extensive knowledge in wireless technologies and technology policy."
Wireless technologies are becoming increasingly important to the cable and broadband industry, and mobile network operators make up approximately half of CableLabs' members, including some of the largest wireless operators in the world.
"I am excited to be joining the innovative and talented team at CableLabs," said Sorond. "CableLabs invents the future through technologies that connect our society with better communication and quality, offering a unique environment for the insatiably curious. I look forward to working with this transformational and passionate team to deliver solutions that break barriers and are implemented around the globe."
Sorond comes to CableLabs from DISH Network, bringing more than 24 years of technical and strategy experience in the telecommunications industry. At DISH, she served as the Chief Wireless Architect and Vice President of Technology Development. Prior to joining DISH, Sorond worked for several operators, including Nextel, ICO and PrimeCo, and vendors such as Lucent Technologies (now Nokia).
Sorond will begin working at CableLabs later this month.