AFC's Marketing VP Resigns

Advanced Fibre Communications Inc. (AFC)'s (Nasdaq: AFCI) VP of marketing, Charles "Corey" Geiger resigned from the company on April 9, a spokesman confirmed today.

In baseball terms, Geiger, who joined AFC in November 1998, was a utility player, the guy who moved into different roles for the company, depending on the need, and who often advanced in the wake of executive shakeups.

In March 1999, he rose to the role of VP of operations, as Gregory Peters, AFC's VP for international operations, departed. In September 2002, Geiger took on the marketing job, as Mehmet Balos, then the senior VP of global sales, marketing, and customer service, left AFC.

"We're very sorry to see a person of Mr. Geiger's character, professionalism, and expertise in the telecommunications industry leave the company," says an AFC spokesman. "He was a valuable asset to AFC, serving the company in a number of senior executive positions during his five-year tenure. We thank Mr. Geiger for his contributions to AFC, and wish him and his family all the best."

Prior to joining AFC, Mr. Geiger served as a senior director of European marketing and sales for DSC Communications (now Alcatel SA). From 1986 until 1996, he held various posts at Bell Laboratories and at the former AT&T Network Systems (now Lucent Technologies Inc.).

There's no word yet as to whether Geiger has taken a role at another company.

AFC says it hasn't yet hired Geiger's replacement.

— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

technonerd 12/5/2012 | 2:03:33 AM
re: AFC's Marketing VP Resigns Good God, what is it with the Rollostar cult? I'm telling you, these must be ex-Heaven's Gate people. Some of them did survive, right?
whyiswhy 12/5/2012 | 2:03:27 AM
re: AFC's Marketing VP Resigns Scott:

If you need a good "attack attorney" to go after this fool, try MoFo. I think its (a TRO or injunction) the only thing that will get its attention.

truelight 12/5/2012 | 2:03:27 AM
re: AFC's Marketing VP Resigns It's so sad about rolostar fanatics. I hjear they are all goingto committ sXXXXX when non one uses the services.

USA 12/5/2012 | 2:03:18 AM
re: AFC's Marketing VP Resigns Maybe the Tellabs / AFC rumors are true and Corey is the first to bail...
opticalfighter 12/5/2012 | 2:03:16 AM
re: AFC's Marketing VP Resigns Interesting concept. But, Senior Executives, who are heir apparents to the CEO don't bail out before the "big payout"... Timing doesn't make sense.

Perhaps there is something deeper here. Suddenly the guy who was the point person on Verizon leaves at the most critical time in the company's history. Do we smell bad news before the earnings call? Is there a French company about to get a bigger piece of the FTTP pie?

How about another SEC filing mia culpa, and $2 Million late fee from Verizon... or worse?

Keep an eye on this, the first shoe has just dropped!
USA 12/5/2012 | 2:02:47 AM
re: AFC's Marketing VP Resigns I'm not convinced Corey was CEO material (certainly a subjective judgment), therefore I wouldn't call him the heir-apparent.

Also, there may be something happening with the Marconi acquisition. Schofield may have needed to make room for one of them. Maybe one of the NAA guys will replace Schofield. (we'll see)

You do bring up an interesting point regarding Corey's role in the Verizon deal.
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