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Former HP CTO Phil McKinney joins CableLabs as CEO

Former HP CTO Phil McKinney has found a new home as president and CEO of research and development group CableLabs.

Phil McKinney
Phil McKinney

When Phil McKinney left his job as CTO of HP's Personal Systems Group, he said it wouldn't be a "traditional retirement" — and since then he's published his first book, written a column for Forbes, and hosted a podcast. But today it was announced that he's taking on a new job as president and CEO of CableLabs. In his new role at the non-profit research and development firm — which developed the specifications for the CableCard, among other things — McKinney will "ensure that CableLabs stays ahead of the technology curve and fuels cable's continued growth with innovation," according to Glenn Britt, Time Warner Cable CEO and chairman of the CableLabs board of directors. McKinney replaces former CEO Dr. Paul Liao, who announced last October that he would not be renewing his contract with the company, which was due to end this December. McKinney, meanwhile, spent close to a decade at HP where he had a hand in the creation of products like the Blackbird and Firebird. He takes over the new role starting on June 1st.