Cable and video technology group Arris has appointed Bruce McClelland as CEO, with current chief executive Bob Stanzione taking on the role of executive chairman.
McClelland, who will take up the role on September 1, is currently president, network and cloud and global services, responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of Arris’s portfolio of broadband and video network infrastructure products and cloud-based software, along with an its technical and professional services organisation.
McClelland joined Arris in 1999 as vice-president of engineering, following 11 years at Nortel Networks/Bell Northern Research.
His appointment follows a formal succession process started earlier this year by the Arris board, which retained executive recruitment consultants Spencer Stuart to assist with its search.
In his new role, Stanzione will focus on strategic planning and customer engagement, as well as supporting McClelland as CEO.
Stanzione was the founding President and CEO of Arris Interactive LLC, the joint venture between Nortel Networks and Antec started in 1995, which became the modern-day Arris.
Following its acquisition of Motorola Home and more recently of UK set-top leader Pace, Arris is this year expected to deliver revenues close to US$7 billion.
“Since its formation, Arris has grown from a small joint venture to a global leader in entertainment and communications technology. With integration efforts from the Pace acquisition substantially complete, now is the right time to transition the role of CEO to a new leader who will continue Arris’s growth and success. Bruce has played an integral role in transforming the Company since he joined the Arris Interactive Joint Venture more than 16 years ago. He will provide leadership and strategic vision to keep Arris and our customers ahead of today’s rapid pace of change and will ensure we remain at the forefront of tomorrow’s connected world,” said Stanzione.
“It is often said that a company takes on the personality of the CEO, and Arris is a perfect example of this adage. Bob Stanzione’s relentless focus on ‘customer first’ has become the motto for the company. His belief in the people of Arris and his tireless drive to innovate and to exceed customer expectation has led Arris to where it is today. Our ‘on demand, always connected’ society will continue to fuel exponential Internet traffic growth, and Arris is in a strong position to continue to grow and deliver results for our employees, shareholders and customers. I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead the Arris team at this exciting time in our history, and I look forward to continuing this tradition of commitment,” said McClelland.