Procket mulls giving former Cisco VP Bill Conlon a board seat as its restructuring continues

January 22, 2002

3 Min Read
Procket  Recruits Cisco Connection

William G. (Bill) Conlon, a former Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) executive, is being considered for a seat on the board of directors at Procket Networks Inc., Light Reading has learned.

Conlon's consideration by Procket's managers only confirms that the company is still retrenching its leadership. The move also adds fuel to the rumor that Procket has changed product strategies. If he gets the post, Conlon would replace Raza Foundries' Atiq Raza and U.S. Venture Partners' Irwin Federman, who were both on Procket's board last year but have since stepped aside.

Table 1: Procket's Board of Directors

Board Member


Randall J. Kruep

President & CEO, Procket Networks

Richard Lowenthal

Founder, Lightera, VP Engineering, Stratacom

William Lynch

Founder & CTO, Procket Networks

Sharad Mehrotra

Founder & Chairman, Procket Networks

Stuart Phillips �

General Partner, U.S. Venture Partners

Geoff Yang

Partner, Redpoint Ventures

Jorge Del Calvo �

Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop

Source: Company data

Last week, Procket fired about 20 workers, mostly engineers, and it dismissed about 30 contract workers, according to a Light Reading report (see Is Procket Heading Toward the Edge?). Several sources in that article said that Procket had changed its plans to build a core router and is now building an edge router.

On Wednesday, Brad Kashani, Procket's vice president of global support and services, sent an email to Procket's founders, Tony Li and William Lynch, and several members of Cisco's executive staff, announcing that Conlon was being considered for a board position at Procket, according to a source who forwarded what is believed to be the original email to Light Reading.

The email note, written as an introduction, says that Conlon retired from Cisco a few months ago and reported to Doug Allred, Cisco's senior vice president of customer advocacy, at the time of his departure.

  • Bill was a competent and seasoned leader who was well respected by many different organizations at Cisco. He spend a few years streamlining worldwide sales organization operations... His strong financial background also had positioned him as one of the potential candidates to succeed Larry Carter (CFO) if he ever left the position...

    If Doug Allred ever retired, Bill would most definitely be his replacement...

    Bill is not a technologist. His strengths are in the areas of Sales Operations, Finance, and Services. His particular contribution to Procket could be in the area of scaling the business.

The titles Conlon held at Cisco included VP of Worldwide Sales Finance (1996), VP of Market Development (1999), and, his most recently held title, Senior VP of Customer Advocacy.

A spokesperson for Procket said the company had no comment regarding its board or product plans. A Cisco spokesperson confirmed that Conlon resigned from the company in September 2001.

— Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading

Subscribe and receive the latest news from the industry.
Join 62,000+ members. Yes it's completely free.

You May Also Like