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| October 2, 2013
Apple Hires CableLabs Exec Jean-François Mulé As Engineering Director
Apple appears to have landed yet another interesting new hire in the person of Jean-François Mulé. The former SVP of Technology Development at CableLabs, Mulé is now an engineering director at the California-based tech company, whose products include the Apple TV set-top box. As noted by MacRumors, Mulé, who also served as the director of standards and architecture at Clarent Corp. and as a software engineer at IBM, has been working at Apple since September. But his hiring has just now been publicized after Multichannel News pointed out his updated LinkedIn profile, in which he says that he will be "challenged, inspired and part of something big” at Apple. Before joining the tech giant, Mulés spent the last couple of years in his former position at CableLabs, a nonprofit R&D consortium that has cable operators as its members. Multichannel News notes:
During his earlier career at CableLabs, Mulé also served as VP of IP technologies and services, director of the PacketCable Architecture, and chief architect. During that span, he ran or helped spearhead several projects, including PeerConnect, the cable industry’s peering registry, a development program for cable industry-focused wireless services (Wi-Fi gateways, device management, inter-operator Wi-Fi roaming, and mobile offload services using femtocells and Wi-Fi), and was involved in several high-profile, IP-based CableLabs programs such as DOCSIS 3.0 and APIs for second screen video apps.As a new Apple engineering director with considerable knowledge of the workings of the cable industry, Mulés is expected to reinforce Apple's TV Everywhere offerings. Recently expanded with the addition of such premium channels as HBO Go, WatchESPN, Disney Channel, and Vevo, these offerings have long been rumored to culminate with the release of the fabled "iTV."