Tellabs CEO Kelly Out as Brand Goes Bye-Bye

As expected, Marlin Equity will combine the Tellabs and Coriant optical businesses under the Coriant name, with Dan Kelly taking an advisory role during the transition.

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

January 31, 2014

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Tellabs CEO Kelly Out as Brand Goes Bye-Bye

Tellabs CEO Dan Kelly is on his way out as Marlin Equity moves ahead with its plans to merge its Tellabs and Coriant businesses under the Coriant brand.

Marlin Equity Partners said in a press release this week that Kelly has stepped down as chairman and CEO of Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB; Frankfurt: BTLA) but will take an advisory role during the transition. (See Tellabs Delivers Final Earnings Fizzle.)

Marlin closed its acquisition of the troubled optical equipment vendor Tellabs for $891 million in December. Marlin, an emerging optical powerhouse, had been expected to roll some or all of the Tellabs assets into Coriant. (See Tellabs' Last Hope: Marlin's Optical Ambition and Tellabs to Be Sold to Marlin for $891M.)

In February of last year, Marlin created Coriant by combining optical units from Sycamore and NSN. (See Sycamore + NSN Optical = Coriant.)

A Light Reading regular, brookseven, even predicted on our message board in December that the Tellabs CEO was on the way out. "I expect Dan... to be gone within 90 days." (See Tellabs: To Be Continued.)

Marlin has appointed Bob Leggett as chairman of the board, Pat DiPietro as CEO, and Herbert Merz as president and chief operating officer of the unified organization. It has also said that it will establish an independent business for the Tellabs Access product portfolio.

The PE firm hasn't specified how long combining the two optical units will take.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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Dan Jones

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Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

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His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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