DeWilde's Ride Ending at Tellabs

Carl DeWilde, the executive in charge of global sales and strategy for Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB; Frankfurt: BTLA), is retiring and will leave the company at the end of May, Light Reading has learned.

DeWilde is one of the few outside senior executive hires brought in by Krish Prabhu, the former CEO of Tellabs, back in 2004.

His titles held at Tellabs followed a technology theme until very recently. First, DeWilde was executive VP of access products. Then he was executive VP of broadband products.

But before Tellabs changed CEOs earlier this year, DeWilde, 60, was moved to a sales and strategy role with responsibility for a larger portion of the company.

Prior to Tellabs, DeWilde was known for his technology leadership and his ability to recruit and build engineering and product teams. He was once a VP of development at Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. in its optical transport and data access business. After leaving Fujitsu, DeWilde served as CTO of Xtera Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: XCOM)

Shortly after DeWilde took on his global sales role at Tellabs, the company announced it was no longer going to be a supplier of GPON equipment to Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), its largest broadband access customer, citing economic reasons. (See Tellabs Kills Its Verizon GPON Efforts.)

Now that DeWilde is leaving, sources say Tellabs will soon begin looking for a chief technology officer, a role the vendor hasn't filled since January 2007, when it decided to decentralize technology strategy decisions. (See Tellabs CTO Retires.) — Phil Harvey, Editor, Light Reading

bollocks187 12/5/2012 | 3:43:18 PM
re: DeWilde's Ride Ending at Tellabs At last some sanity emerging from Tellabs - Wilde Ride was out of his league.

This was just a jobs for friends deal in the first place.

TelcoDude 12/5/2012 | 3:43:13 PM
re: DeWilde's Ride Ending at Tellabs Drove the Vivace division to the groud.
Extremely bad strategy on FTTH.
Hired a bunch a ex-Fuji buddies to run Vivace.
No concept of motivating teams or people.

Wonder what Krish found in him.

ponnnn 12/5/2012 | 3:43:01 PM
re: DeWilde's Ride Ending at Tellabs http://www.lightreading.com/do...

He was in charge of AFC once Tellabs took over.

How did that go?

Traditional AFC business - down, lost to Calix, Occam etc.

AFC PON - BPON improved once Tellabs came in but success was not transferred forward to GPON.

Marconi - BellSouth business rumored to be gone.

Integration is never easy, and AFC had issues to begin with, but I would say things did not go well under Mr. DeWilde's watch. What surprises me most is that the folks in charge at Tellabs apparently actually noticed! Who would have guessed. Best of luck to AFC / Tellabs with new leadership and Mr DeWilde in retirement.
netkopf 12/5/2012 | 3:42:50 PM
re: DeWilde's Ride Ending at Tellabs DeWilde is more responsible than anyone for the Tellab's loss of Vz GPON. When he took over the old AFC in 2005, he killed their new platform. The result? Tellabs was a year behind Alu in the Vz lab, and gave up more margin to stay in the game than it could ever recover.
bollocks187 12/5/2012 | 3:42:49 PM
re: DeWilde's Ride Ending at Tellabs Both of them are idiots out for their golden handshake.
ponguy 12/5/2012 | 3:42:36 PM
re: DeWilde's Ride Ending at Tellabs I agree with the prior posts, DeWilde came in to run the former AFC, supposedly "fixed" the access business while just using the same AFC engineers and taking advantage of Tellabs good name to calm Verizon. In the meanwhile completely blew it on GPON, going from first and dominant in BPON to running for the door. Don't let it hit you on the way out Wilde-Man!
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