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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Coriant Appoints Homayoun Razavi as Chief Customer Officer

Coriant has appointed Homayoun Razavi to lead its global sales and marketing organization. As Chief Customer Officer (CCO), Executive Vice President of Global Sales, and Chief Digital Marketing Officer (CDMO), Razavi is responsible for development and execution of the company’s global sales, go-to-market, channel, and marketing strategy. He reports directly to the company CEO and Chairman, Shaygan Kheradpir.

Razavi has held executive level positions at industry-leading companies, including BroadSoft, Lucent, Ditech, Cascade Communications, and Ascend Communications. Prior to joining Coriant, Mr. Razavi worked as a consultant for NJK Holding Corporation, a Minneapolis- based private equity firm, and also served as Vice Chairman of San Francisco-based startups Crunch Media Works and Bluechip Systems.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Aqua Comms appoints Chief Networks Officer and CFO

Aqua Comms DAC, operator of Ireland's first dedicated subsea optical network that interconnects New York, Dublin and London, has announced the appointment of two new members to its leadership team, namely Andy Hudson as Chief Networks Officer and Kevin Foley as Chief Financial Officer.

Andy Hudson

Aqua Comms' new Chief Networks Officer, Andy Hudson, is a telecoms industry veteran with extensive experience in managing mobile, fixed and subsea operations. Most recently, he served as COO of the Bermuda Telephone Company, a subsidiary of Digicel, where he had operational responsibility for network planning and engineering, service delivery, maintenance, and data centre and facility management.

Kevin Foley

Mr. Foley, the company's new Chief Financial Officer, has wide experience in the telecom industry, including in board level and executive leadership roles with companies in the carrier, interconnect, Internet, mobile, voice and TV sectors.

Before joining Aqua Comms, Kevin Foley served as CFO with Cable & Wireless Barbados (Flow), a Liberty Global company. He was also a board member of Cable & Wireless Communications Insurance and served in C-level positions at Cable & Wireless including CFO, Cayman Islands, and finance director of carrier services.

Aqua Comms noted that the additions to its leadership team follow a period of growth since the launch of the America-Europe Connect (AEConnect) trans-Atlantic cable system in January 2016. The company recently conducted tests of new transmission technologies designed to expand the systems total available capacity.

In addition, Aqua Comms is developing CeltixConnect-2, a diverse subsea cable system across the Irish Sea from Dublin to Manchester, with connectivity to the Isle of Man. CeltixConnect-2 is a resilient system designed to complement its existing CeltixConnect-1 cable. The new cable system will use advanced technology to support high transmission capabilities, including 8QAM and 16QAM. The company stated that survey work for CeltixConnect-2 is due to start in the next quarter.

Aqua Comms stated that it is also in the preliminary stages of development of North Sea Connect, which will provide a high capacity subsea link across the North Sea from the north east UK to Denmark. Additionally, Aqua Comms plans to expand connectivity to AEConnect at its PoP at 1025Connect in Westbury, New York, and to increase its footprint via new service capabilities in Ashburn, Virginia and at NJFX, a carrier-neutral colocation facility in Wall, New Jersey.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Zayo appoints Andrew Crouch, formerly Level 3, as president and COO

Zayo Group, a provider of communications infrastructure services with a network spanning North America and Europe, announced the appointment of Andrew Crouch as president and chief operating officer, effective April 27, 2017.

Mr. Crouch will become a key member of the Zayo executive management team with responsibility for overseeing the company's business operations. He will be based in Denver, Colorado and report to Zayo chairman and CEO Dan Caruso. The current president and COO, Chris Morley, will continue with Zayo during a transition period.

In his new role, Andrew Crouch will oversee Zayo's global Communications Infrastructure business, which comprises the fibre solutions, transport, enterprise networks and colocation segments, as well as the Allstream business.

Mr. Crouch has previously served in roles with a number of carriers, most recently as regional president of EMEA with Level 3 Communications, in which position he also was responsible for the company's global accounts division. Mr. Crouch joined Level 3 in 2001 and during his time with the company served in a number of executive positions in the marketing, product and commercial organisations, including as regional president of North America and Asia-Pacific.

Prior to joining Level 3, Mr. Crouch served with British Telecom and Concert Communications, a joint venture between British Telecom and AT&T.

In February, Zayo announced the appointment of Steven N. Kaplan and Emily White to newly created positions on its board of directors. Mr. Kaplan is the Neubauer family distinguished service professor of entrepreneurship and finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Ms. White most recently served as the COO at Snapchat, and prior to that held leadership roles at Facebook and Google.

With the addition of Mr. Kaplan and Ms. White, the Zayo board increased to nine members, including eight independent directors.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Qualcomm Appoints CTO

Qualcomm appointed Dr. James H. Thompson to the additional position of chief technology officer (CTO), replacing Matt Grob, who will transition to the role of executive vice president of technology, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and continue to report to Steve Mollenkopf.  

Thompson currently servers as executive vice president of engineering, Qualcomm Technologies.  In addition to leading QCT engineering, as CTO, Thompson will align the companywide technical and product roadmaps across all business areas. He also will have oversight of Corporate R&D and Corporate Engineering, ensuring all research and development activities are coordinated across the company, and drive the development of next-generation wireless technologies.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Verizon Adopts a New Operating Structure, Hires Hans Vestberg

Verizon appointed Hans Vestberg, former CEO of Ericsson, as executive vice president for its new Network and Technology team, where he will be responsible for further developing the architecture of Verizon’s fiber-centric networks.  Vestberg will report to Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam.

Verizon is adopting a new operating structure focused on three areas: Media and Telematics, Network and Technology, and Customer and Product Operations.

Marni Walden will serve as executive vice president for Media and Telematics, which will focus on integrating, scaling and growing Verizon’s portfolio of new businesses in digital media and telematics. The company said the combination of AOL with the assets of Yahoo will give it more than 1.3 billion digital media users and generate $7 billion in revenue. Walden’s team will be responsible for integrating these businesses and building brand and market share in this growing market. In addition, Walden will continue to lead Verizon’s integration and expansion of its telematics (connected car and fleet management) portfolio, including assets from Hughes Telematics, Fleetmatics and Telogis.

John Stratton will be executive vice president for Customer and Product Operations, which will focus on operating and growing Verizon’s established businesses, including Verizon Wireless, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Verizon Partner Solutions, Verizon Consumer Markets and Verizon Business Markets. These businesses generate more than $120 billion in annual revenue and serve more than 120 million customers.

Lowell McAdam said, “This new structure is designed to accelerate our progress toward delivering the promise of the digital world to customers. It will give us greater organizational agility to continue to lead the market with our wireless and fiber services, scale and expand our media and telematics businesses, and maintain the leadership in network reliability and new technology that is a Verizon trademark.”

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Intel Appoints Aicha Evans as Chief Strategy Officer

Intel appointed Aicha S. Evans as chief strategy officer, responsible for long-term strategy to transform from a PC-centric company to a data-centric company, as well as leading rapid decision making and company-wide execution of the strategy.

Evans is an Intel senior vice president and has been responsible for wireless communications for the past nine years. Most recently, she was the general manager of the Communication and Devices Group. Evans joined Intel in 2006 and is based in Santa Clara, California.

EXFO Names New CEO

EXFO announced the appointment of Philippe Morin as CEO, replacing Germain Lamonde, the company’s founder, who will continue to serve as Executive Chairman.

Morin has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and became EXFO’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) in November 2015, leading the company’s global sales, go-to-market and product management initiatives. Before joining EXFO, Morin was Senior Vice-President of Worldwide Sales and Field Operations at Ciena. He also held senior management positions at Nortel Networks, including President of the Optical Networking Division.

“After founding EXFO in my apartment and serving as its CEO, I am proud of all we have accomplished over nearly 32 years, taking the company from the concept level to global leader and helping the most advanced network operators worldwide implement their strategic transformations,” said Mr. Lamonde. “Having known Philippe for a long time and having worked closely with him on a wide range of initiatives, I am confident he is the right person to take over the day-to-day stewardship of EXFO and that he will receive the full support of the global EXFO team and partners. Our combined strategic vision, industry experience and leadership will create added value for customers and shareholders as we drive EXFO to new heights.”

Friday, March 24, 2017

Intel Adds Two to its Board of Directors

Intel announced the election of Omar Ishrak and Greg Smith to its board of directors.

Ishrak, 61, is the chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology.  Smith, 50, is the chief financial officer and executive vice president of corporate development and strategy at Boeing.

Lenovo Hires Former Intel CIO to Head its Data Center Infrastucture

Lenovo appointed Kim Stevenson, the former CIO of Intel, as senior vice president and general manager leading its new Data Center Infrastructure (DCI) business segment, where she will oversee the company’s core data center products and solutions portfolio. Most recently, she spent eight years at Intel leading that company’s Client, Internet of Things and System Architecture (CISA) Group and serving as Intel CIO for four years. Before Intel, she spent seven years at the former EDS holding a variety of positions including vice president of its Worldwide Communications, Media and Entertainment (CM&E) Industry Practice.

Lenovo also announced the following appointments:
  • Paul Ju, as vice president and general manager of Hyperscale, Ju joined Lenovo in September 2016 and has deep experience in hyperscale systems and cloud computing through management positions with leading global technology and data center providers.
  • Madhu Matta as vice president and general manager of High-Performance Computing & Artificial Intelligence. Matta joined Lenovo in November 2015 and brings deep experience in advanced computing technologies through executive assignments at leading server and storage companies.
  • Radhika Krishnan as executive director and general manager of Software-Defined Data Center. Krishnan’s unit also includes networking technologies and telco solutions. She joined Lenovo in February 2016 and has a deep background in advanced server, storage, networking and software-defined technologies.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ZTE Names New Chairman

Mr. Zhao Xianming, Chairman and President of ZTE Corporation has stepped down from the office of Chairman of the Board of Directors.  Mr. Yin Yimin has been appointed to serve as ZTE's new Chairman for a two-year term.

Mr. Zhao Xianming will continue to serve as Executive Director and President of the Company.

ZTE said the changes were not made because of any disagreements but simply to separate the roles of Chairman and CEO to improve corporate governance.

ZTE to Plead Guilty and Pay $1.19 Billion to U.S. Government

In the case involving the shipment of U.S.-origin technology to Iran during the period of economic sanctions, ZTE Corporation agreed to enter a guilty plea and to pay a $430,488,798 penalty to the U.S. ZTE simultaneously reached settlement agreements with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). In total ZTE has agreed to pay the U.S....

Monday, March 13, 2017

Jonathan Davidson Jumps Back to Cisco from Juniper

Jonathan Davidson is joining Cisco to lead its Service Provider Networking organization as senior vice president and general manager, service provider networking. He will report to Yvette Kanouff, the senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s service provider business unit.

Davidson previously served as executive vice president and general manager of Juniper Development and Innovation, and earlier as SVP/GM for Juniper’s Security, Switching and Solutions.  Earlier in his career he was at Cisco.

  • Last week, Juniper announced an organization reshuffle and the appointment of Kevin Hutchins to the newly created position Senior Vice President of Strategy and Product Line Management. Juniper's engineering organization will now report into chief development officer, Andy Athreya. Both of these positions will report into chief executive officer, Rami Rahim.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Cylance Plans AI-powered Antivirus for Consumers

Cylance disclosed plans to launch a consumer version of its AI-powered antivirus which blocks everyday malware along with advanced cyber threats.  The company named security industry veteran Christopher Bray to launch its consumer division. Cylance currently sells its artificial intelligence-based CylancePROTECT product to businesses, universities, and government organizations.  The consumer version is planned for 2018.

“All of us at Cylance are thrilled to bring Christopher on board to architect our consumer strategy,” said Stuart McClure, president and CEO at Cylance. “His direct experience building business relationships and consumer businesses for security software companies will provide a strong foundation and ensure a successful launch.”

Bray began his career in brand management for Procter & Gamble, but quickly moved into sales and marketing management positions for Dell in South Africa. Following that period, Bray held a variety of executive positions during more than a decade spent with McAfee Security, ultimately advancing to become the senior vice president and general manager of consumer PC OEM/ISP/Retail/Mobile. Most recently Bray served as senior vice president of Norton Field Sales and Marketing at Symantec, where he spearheaded Norton’s re-entry into PC OEM and other large, high-volume consumer distribution partnerships, positioning the Norton business for a return to growth.

Juniper Announces a Management Shuffle

Juniper Networks announced the appointment of Kevin Hutchins to the newly created position Senior Vice President of Strategy and Product Line Management. Juniper's engineering organization will now report into chief development officer, Andy Athreya. Both of these positions will report into chief executive officer, Rami Rahim.

Hutchins is a six-year veteran of Juniper and has been responsible for strategy and business development. Athreya has been an engineering leader at Juniper since 2004 and has held various leadership positions within the routing and security products groups.

In addition to these shifts, Jonathan Davidson has resigned from the company. Davidson served as executive vice president and general manager of Juniper Development and Innovation.

"The opportunity we have at Juniper to lead the next wave of innovation and network transformation in our industry is incredible," said Rami Rahim, chief executive officer, Juniper Networks. "To achieve our vision, I am thrilled to have Kevin Hutchins and Andy Athreya to lead and help realize our innovation potential. These changes will allow Juniper Networks to double-down on innovation."

Friday, March 3, 2017

Xtera Appoints Douglas Umbers as CEO

Xtera, a provider of subsea optical communications solutions, has announced that, following the acquisition of the company by private equity firm H.I.G. Capital earlier in February, it has appointed a new leadership team.

As part of the company's new organisation, Dr. Stuart Barnes, Xtera's chairman and chief strategy officer, has announced the following appointments to the leadership team:

Douglas Umbers as CEO

With experience across a range of industries, Mr. Umbers has a track record of reinvigorating businesses that spans over two decades. As CEO of Xtera, he will be responsible for leading the execution of the company's goal of becoming a major player in the subsea communications market.

Most recently, Mr. Umbers served in executive board level roles at VT Group (now Babcock International), where he ran the IT and communications division, and as COO at Arqiva, the UK telecoms and broadcast infrastructure group.

Jayesh Pankhania as CFO

Mr. Pankhania has more than 25 years experience in senior finance roles, and as CFO at Xtera will be responsible for overseeing the company's capital structure and maintaining its financial standing. He has previously served in multiple senior roles with public and private companies, including as CFO at HOC Group and with Asia Resource Minerals.

In addition, Keith Henderson, co-founder of Xtera, will serve as COO and Robert Richardson, co-founder of the company, will serve as chief sales officer.

Dr. Barnes, Mr. Umbers and Mr. Pankhania are based at Xtera's Harold Wood office near London in the UK; Mr. Henderson is based in Allen, Texas near Dallas and Mr. Richardson is based in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, near Atlanta.

The new executive team is supported by the company's experienced senior management team that includes its recently appointed CTO Tony Frisch and SVP of Turnkey Systems, Joerg Schwartz.

XTERA Communications Acquired by H.I.G. Capital

H.I.G. Capital (“H.I.G.”), a leading global private equity investment firm with over €20 billion of equity capital under management, has acquired substantially all the assets of Xtera Communications, a supplier of sub-sea fiber optic solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

H.I.G. previously provided debtor-in-possession financing to the Xtera debtors in connection with the chapter 11 case.

Established in 1998 and based in the UK (Harold Wood, Essex) and the US (Allen, Texas), Xtera supplies un-repeatered and repeatered sub-sea systems, using high performance optical amplifiers to carry data. Under H.I.G.’s ownership, Xtera’s management and technical team will remain at the helm of the business, focused on successfully executing key existing customer contracts and expanding the business in the rapidly growing markets it serves with a clear roadmap of disruptive product launches.

Carl Harring, Managing Director at H.I.G. Capital commented: “We believe Xtera has considerable growth potential as an independent, well-funded business with a new ownership structure. Its world class IP protected technology is not only differentiated and superior to that of its competitors, but it is delivered to an impressive range of global clients at a cost-effective price point. We are excited to be working with this industry-leading team and our immediate focus will be to work with them to deliver and build on existing contracts and over the long-term, provide the financial support to enable the company to fully capitalise on its technology with a broader base of customers.”

Stuart Barnes, Founder of Xtera, added: “We are delighted to announce our new partnership with H.I.G. Capital, which has previously invested in the fiber-optics sector and has a proven understanding of how to grow specialist industrial suppliers into market-leading players. We share the same vision of strengthening Xtera’s footprint in the future.”

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Juniper's Pradeep Sindhu Turns Focus to Fungible

Pradeep Sindhu, founder and CTO of Juniper Networks, announced that he is turning his focus to Fungible, a start-up that he co-founded last year to pursue new opportunities in data centers.

Fungible, which is based in Santa Clara, California, has raised $32.5 million in Series A funding co-led by Mayfield, Walden Riverwood Ventures (WRV), and Battery Ventures, with participation from Juniper Networks.

Sindhu will retain the title of Chief Scientist at Juniper.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Barefoot Networks Appoints Craig Barratt as CEO

Barefoot Networks, a start-up developing next gen Ethernet switching silicon, named Craig Barratt as President and Chief Executive Officer.  Barratt joins Barefoot from Alphabet and Google, where he was Senior Vice President at Google and Chief Executive Officer of Alphabet’s Access business, which includes the Google Fiber broadband internet service.

Prior to Google, he served as President of Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. following the acquisition of Atheros Communications by Qualcomm.  From 2003, he was President and CEO of Atheros. He led the company through its 2004 IPO and growth to more than $900 million in revenue in 2010 and the $3.6 billion acquisition by Qualcomm in 2011.

“We’re fortunate to have attracted an executive of Craig’s extraordinary pedigree to guide Barefoot’s growth,” said Nick McKeown, Chief Scientist, Chairman and Co-Founder at Barefoot.  “At Atheros, Qualcomm and Google, Craig built businesses of great and lasting value, and executed impressively to accelerate growth and diversification.   With interest growing quickly in Barefoot’s programmable switches, Craig will help us build on our strong lead in transforming how networks are built.”

Monday, January 30, 2017

F5 Networks Names François Locoh-Donou as CEO

F5 Networks announced the appointment of François Locoh-Donou as its new President and CEO.  He will also served on the company's Board of Directors.

Locoh-Donou succeeds current President and CEO, John McAdam, who will remain a Director on F5's Board upon his retirement on April 3, 2017. Since McAdam joined in 2000, he has led F5 to $2.0 billion in annual revenue, with 49 of the Fortune 50 as customers, and numerous industry and community awards.

Locoh-Donou currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ciena, a network strategy and technology company. He previously held successive leadership positions at Ciena, including Senior Vice President, Global Products Group; Vice President and General Manager, EMEA; Vice President, International Sales; and Vice President, Marketing. Prior to Ciena, Locoh-Donou held research and development roles with Photonetics, a French opto-electronics company.

Locoh-Donou also serves on the advisory board of Jhpiego, a non-profit global health affiliate of Johns Hopkins University dedicated to providing high-quality healthcare for women and their families in developing countries. He holds engineering degrees from École Centrale de Marseille and Télécom ParisTech in France and a M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Intel Promotes Aicha Evans

Intel has promoted Aicha S. Evans from corporate vice president to senior vice president. She is general manager of the Communication and Devices Group at Intel and is responsible for driving wireless communications for all Intel platforms. Evans joined Intel in 2006, was elected to corporate vice president in 2014, and is based in Santa Clara, California.

Intel also announced the promotion of Steven R. Rodgers from senior vice president to executive vice president. He is general counsel of Intel and leads Intel’s Law and Policy Group. Rodgers joined Intel in 2000, was elected senior vice president in 2015, and is based in Santa Clara, Calif.

In addition, Leslie S. Culbertson was promoted from corporate vice president and director of finance to senior vice president and director of human resources. She will oversee all of Intel’s human resource functions and policies. Culbertson joined Intel in 1979, was elected to corporate vice president and director of finance in 2003, and is based in Hillsboro, Oregon.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sprint Names Néstor Cano as COO

Sprint named Néstor Cano to the newly created position of chief operating officer, a position where he will be responsible for delivering operational excellence, driving further expense reductions, and strengthening systems and processes across the business.

Cano most recently was president of European Operations at Tech Data, one of the world’s largest distributors of IT products and services. Cano also held other senior executive roles at the company where he fixed management processes and controls to drive the best-ever profit in the company’s European operations. Before joining Tech Data, Cano held positions with technology companies in Spain, including Tronik and CCR Informatica.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Börje Ekholm Takes Command at Ericsson

Börje Ekholm officially assumed the position as President and CEO of Ericsson.

Jan Frykhammar remains a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is, effective today, appointed Executive Vice President and Advisor to the CEO. Magnus Mandersson remains Executive Vice President, Advisor to the CEO and a member of the Executive Leadership Team. Carl Mellander remains acting Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

"I am very excited to assume the role as President and CEO of Ericsson, a company that I have admired for as long as I can remember. Ericsson has shaped an entire industry and led technology developments that have benefitted so many. Yet, we are only at the beginning of the mobility journey as we in coming years will see massive transformation across industries as 5G is introduced," stated Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson.
  • Prior to his appointment as CEO of Ericsson, Börje served as CEO of Patricia Industries, a division within Investor. Prior to assuming this position in 2015, Börje Ekholm held the position as President and CEO of Investor AB between 2005 and 2015. Previous positions also include President of Investor Growth Capital Inc., as well as positions with Novare Kapital AB and McKinsey & Co Inc.

Hans Vestberg is Out as CEO of Ericsson

Hans Vestberg has stepped down as President and CEO and member of Ericsson's Board of Directors.

Jan Frykhammar, Executive Vice President and CFO, will assume the CEO position until a new CEO is in office.

The resignation comes under pressure from the company's Board of Directors, which issued a statement saying that new leadership is required to address changing market conditions and "drive the next phase of Ericsson's development."  As stated during the disappointing financial report last week, the company must further cut expenses.

In a press statement, Chairman of the Board Leif Johansson says: "Hans Vestberg has led the company for seven years through significant industry and company transformation. Hans has been instrumental in building strong relationships with key customers around the world and his leadership and energy have been an inspiration to employees and leaders across Ericsson. However, in the current environment and as the company accelerates its strategy execution, the Board of Directors has decided that the time is right for a new leader to drive the next phase in Ericsson's development."

  • In June 2009, Hans Vestberg took over as CEO of Ericsson, replacing Carl-Henric Svanberg who had taken over as CEO of BP.

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