Telecom Career: John Mullen to become Telstra's chairman

Staff writer
04 Mar 2016

Telstra names Asciano CEO John Mullen as chairman
Telstra announced chairman Catherine Livingstone is stepping down and will be succeeded by John Mullen.

Telstra said Livingstone will hand over to Mullen in “coming months.”

Livingstone has been chairman since May 2009 and a director since November 2000. She has also been serving as director for several other ASX-listed companies and leading the Business Council of Australia as president since March 2014.

Commenting on Mullen’s appointment, Livingstone said: “I am delighted the board has selected John Mullen as the new chair, given he is a proven senior executive for multi-national companies as well as a valued senior director for Telstra.”

Mullen has been a Telstra director since July 2008 and is currently managing director and CEO since 2011.

“It is a privilege in the true sense to be asked to follow in Catherine’s footsteps as Chairman of Telstra. It is a responsibility I take extremely seriously and will transition from my commitments with Asciano at the appropriate time to perform the Telstra role to the fullest,” Mullen said.

MEF names former-Microsoft Skype exec Pascal Menezes as CTO

The MEF has appointed Pascal Menezes as its first-ever chief technology officer.

Menezes, former principal at Microsoft Skype for Business, will lead the global industry alliance’s technical strategy and align key work programs internally and in conjunction with the open source and SDO partners.

He will engage with the MEF’s global membership base to ensure that the organization’s strategy and work plans are market-driven, with agility and time to market being prime objectives.

MEF president Nan Chen commentsed that “with nearly 30 years of industry experience, Pascal brings a wealth of knowledge about cloud scale architectures, real-time media networks, LSO, SDN & NFV technologies, standards, and open source initiatives that will be of great benefit to the MEF community.”

Ciena names Keri Gilder VP and GM of EMEA

Ciena has appointed Keri Gilder as vice president and general manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

In her new role, Gilder will guide Ciena’s customers and partners in the region as they adapt to accommodate high-bandwidth applications and services, such as those needed for data center interconnect, cloud-based services and video.

Gilder’s focus on business-outcomes will also drive Ciena’s OP network approach in the region; advocating Ciena’s advanced software and networking technologies to facilitate the transformation to open, software-driven networks, the company said.

Gilder joined Ciena in 2002 and has held several sales leadership roles in the company. Most recently she served as VP of global account sales for EMEA. Previously, she served as VP of major account (CenturyLink) in North America.

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