Great Googly Moogly!
You can learn a lot by reading the want ads.
This week Headcount learns that Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) wants to do more than just search the Internet, organize the Internet, and answer love letters from CBS News. The company has dropped a hint that it wants to become a global telecom powerhouse.
The ad in question, found in the Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) jobs database, of all places, says Google is looking for a Strategic Negotiator for Global Infrastructure. The duties such an individual would take on include: "Identification, selection, and negotiation of dark fiber contracts both in metropolitan areas and over long distances as part of development of a global backbone network; contracts and negotiation for managed metropolitan services and long haul wavelength services to fulfill capacity and redundancy requirements in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe."
Granted, when you operate an Internet company with Google's size, reach, and product portfolio, it's a no-brainer that lots and lots of bandwidth is required. But Google could just as easily -- and probably will -- head into the world of offering VOIP services, Internet access, cellular services, and dozens of other services that help more people access its Internet properties.
Before Headcount spends the afternoon Googling everyone in his high school year book, we will provide another dose of recent hirings and firings:
We'll check to see if these companies have a pulse by asking all kinds of questions about companies -- Do they answer the phone? Does their Web site have more than one page? Was their last press release in 2000? Are their investors dodging phone calls?
Once we get a feeling that a company is nearly gone, we'll add it to our listing and monitor its progress. The preliminary list of companies in the Signs of Life Index is still being developed. Want to suggest a company we should add or some criteria we ought to use when selecting companies? Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table 1: Broadwing Bonuses
|Name, Title||Cash Bonus|
|David R. Huber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer||$17,500|
|James M. Bannantine, President||$15,750|
|Lynn D. Anderson, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer||$15,000|
|Kim D. Larsen, Senior Vice President and General Counsel||$14,097|
Also in December, iStar Financial Inc., a commercial real estate finance company, announced that Andrew G. Backman has joined as the company's VP of investor relations and marketing. Backman was the former director of investor and public relations at Broadwing and Corvis. We knew him as "Andy" and he'll be missed.
Here are some other appointments and disappointments that have come about since the last Headcount column:
- Broadcom's New CEO Arrives
- Dude, There's My Carr!
- Juniper Appoints New CFO
- Bookham Adds to Layoffs
- Hammerhead Retools MPLS Approach
- German Giant May Wield Axe
- Tekelec's Monday Blues
- Equant CEO Resigns
- Lucent's Fat Cats Get Fatter
- Axiowave Stung by Rent
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— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading