Cisco appoints Cablevision vet as pay-TV video chief
Michelle Clancy
| 13 May 2014
Yvette Kanouff is joining Cisco to become leader of the service provider video software and solutions (SPVSS) organisation, the home of Cisco's Videoscape software and solutions for pay-TV service providers and media and entertainment companies.

Kanouff is joining Cisco from Cablevision Systems where she was most recently executive vice president of corporate engineering and technology, responsible for the implementation of strategic technology and critical engineering priorities, identifying emerging technology opportunities and driving the development and integration of new products.

Prior to joining Cablevision, Yvette served as president of SeaChange, where she led its transition from a hardware company to a software company, helping to move the industry towards Web-centric, open standards-based solutions and architectures. While with SeaChange, she won an Emmy for the company's work on video-on-demand (VOD). Previously, she also served as Time Warner Cable's director of interactive technologies. She holds several patents on VOD-related digital technologies.

"I'm thrilled to be joining Cisco at such an exciting time for our industry," Kanouff said. "Cisco is playing the most crucial role it ever has in helping service providers deliver new experiences, new consumption models, and to compete with myriad new entertainment and service options. During my time at Cablevision we made tremendous progress on key technological advancements that enabled us to provide significant value to our customers and move the industry forward. I believe Cisco also has the people, the technology and culture to help our customers win."

As the leader of SPVSS, Yvette will have responsibility for a business that spans end-to-end Videoscape software and solutions, including content protection, cloud video services and delivery and end-user multiscreen experiences.